June 17, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) signs autographs during a rain delay before the gam against the New York Mets at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves OF Jason Heyward Heats Up Now


 

Atlanta Braves fans have been waiting and waiting on the number 1 prospect in the entire MLB in 2010 to finally appear to his predicted abilities.  So far we’ve been teased with stellar years while bashing our heads against a brink wall during other years.  Jason Heyward has the talent to be a very successful baseball player but hasn’t truly lived up to all his hype.

June 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) on deck prior to his at bat during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

2013 has started off rough for JHey as he played in only 17 games before needing immediate appendectomy surgery on April 21st.  He was batting a lousy .121, had a .261 OBP, with only one multi-hit game, two home runs and only five RBI’s when the surgery happened.

Jason was able to return to the lineup on May 17th and showed signs of improvement during the month.  He batted .178 through the 13 games he played in with three multi-hit games.  His OBP jumped in the month as well to .327 as he had eight walks.

During June so far, he has a .328 batting average with a .379 OBP.  JHey has 20 hits and three home runs in the 15 games during the first summer month of the year.  Is this just the beginning of what will be a great summer for Heyward?  Braves fans everywhere surely hope this.

This is Heyward’s fourth season as an MLB ball player and throughout his career so far his best months have been when the sun comes out and it shines bright.  His second half numbers are substantially better with batting average and OBP than the early months of the season.  Here are numbers explaining Jason’s hot summers past and hopefully a summer of fun!

Split

G

GS

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

1st Half

267

248

1083

943

142

231

48

8

39

120

22

11

121

229

.245

.338

.437

.775

2nd Half

206

188

839

724

109

196

36

5

25

88

20

7

100

178

.271

.363

.438

.801

Though with the above chart, you notice Heyward has more runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI’s and stolen bases in the first half of the season BUT take a look further down the chart as his strikeouts lower, his batting average increases as well as OBP.

Heyward may not turn into the number 3 hitter everyone envisioned a couple years ago but could be a very solid number 2.  We need him on base so that the guys who can drive in the guys in scoring position can do so.  Below’s chart is a break down of the different months throughout Jason Heyward’s career and as you look at the numbers June, July and August are the months when he heats up!

Split

G

GS

PA

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS

April/March

89

85

357

309

45

72

11

3

17

47

10

2

43

77

.233

.334

.453

.787

May

83

71

322

267

44

60

14

4

8

36

6

6

44

64

.225

.350

.397

.747

June

77

75

330

297

47

82

20

1

10

30

4

3

30

74

.276

.343

.451

.795

July

65

62

287

251

39

68

14

0

9

30

9

3

31

57

.271

.357

.434

.791

August

75

65

291

256

42

69

13

2

14

40

6

2

29

72

.270

.347

.500

.847

Sept/Oct

84

78

335

287

34

76

12

3

6

25

7

2

44

63

.265

.364

.390

.754

 

In years past, Heyward has been traditionally a slow starter with big months towards the end of the season.  Braves fans everywhere are hoping for the same this season!

 

 

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  • cheadrick

    I have complete confidence that Jason Heyward is now beginning to have that turnaround you talked about this season, Jeff. I am further confident that he has the drive and talent to turn things around in a kind of permanent fashion, figure things out, and go on to be one of those “superstars” of baseball. I could be wrong of course, but I’m confident.

  • fireboss

    I have hope but don’t share Chris’ full confidence. I hope he realizes he’s Jason Heyward and doesn’t have to be a Chipper Warrior or an Upton slammer. When he first came up he didn’t try to lift and separate on so many pitches. The next year he was hurt but pressed on when he should have sat down and never got healthy. Last year he was more power than his rookie year and that resulted in more strikeouts and cost him in on base. His slugging was about the same so I feel that was a net loss. This year it seemed that with Chipper gone he felt the need to step forward and continue to try to hit with more power. Add that to the inevitable competition between him and JUP who started hot and he found himself in a hole at the plate early on. He went from being a hitter with power to trying to be a power hitter; that isn’t his best game. This month he’s back to using the whole field and taking better swings. I hope he continues to do that. If he does the power will be there. I’ll have confidence after he does it consistently for the next few months and through next season.