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Jason Heyward, besides having the surname of a 1930s matinee idol, has the mitts of a Yeti and the sturdies (<– that’s legs) of Frank Thomas.  His man gams are 117% oak.  You thought Jay Bruce could fight crime? Heyward just saved your life and you didn’t even know you were in danger. Look over your left shoulder — quickly!  See that shadow shrinking out of the room?  That was Heyward.  He’s now going to Ireland to sing harmony with that Once guy.  So being a globetrotting, harmonizing, crime fighting love child of a Yeti and Frank Thomas is all well-and-good, but can the the Braves outfield prospect, Jason Heyward, help you in fantasy baseball leagues in 2009?

Nope.  But… You said he was Yeti-like! Sorry, random italicized voice, it’s a bummer. I know.  So you’re probably thinking to yourself why am I even talking about him? (Yes, I can read your mind. Spooky, huh?)  Firstly, when I decided to go over 2009 fantasy rookies — Wait, you don’t need to know it from the jump, as the kids said in the early naughts. Fast forward to my reasoning… Twenty-seventhly, Heyward is going to be something special probably as soon as 2010.  This is a wake up call for all keeper leagues, NL-Only and mixed ones.  You know all that power and speed you love about The Uptons?  Heyward has that in duckets.  He’s my early 2010 NL ROY frontrunner and should be owned in all keeper leagues.  You want a prediction limb? Heyward goes 25/15 in his first full season with the Braves and he invents a Snuggie that doesn’t look quite as monk-like.

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  1. Steve says:
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    It’s all quiet at the mock draft right now BTW, except for Iowa and Hippo.

    Hanley, Wright and Phat Albert have gone 1-2-3.

    What’s Holdmas? or does that violate the non-explanation rule?

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, I think the top 5 are pretty much all right there; the sixth pick gets dicey.

    Holdmas is the holiday the Baron celebrates, according to the comments in that post.

  3. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah – 3 2Bs ranked in the top 20. Not sure about that.

  4. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Utley, Kinsler and who? Pedroia? Don’t fall for that hype-sense.

  5. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Utley (13), Pedroia (18), Kinsler (19).

    I won’t, Grey-san.

  6. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: He who drafts Pedroia in the top 20 will be a sorrowful soul. Top 50, even. MVP, MVShmee.

    On Holdmas eve, LOOGY Claus would come down our chimney. “Have you brought us presents?” we’d cry. “No,” he’d say. “But some guy will be along with them shortly.”

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Kids, “With the recession this year, we sure hope Santa brings us an Entertainment Book of Restaurant Coupons.” LOOGY, “I’ll be right here with my left-handed pair of scissors.”

  8. Mikey says:
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    Grey, is your 25/15 a 2010 prediction for Heyward or a 2009?

  9. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I thought Heyward was that doode on The White Shadow?

    “Once” was an enjoyable flick by the way.

  10. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Weird, Once just came on my iTunes when I read that comment. Never watched The White Shadow.

  11. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Was my fave show growing up, yeah I’m dated.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: We’re on for our bet, btw. C’mon, $87.5 million or less!

  13. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Turned to the Razz to get Erin Andrews out of your head, I see.

  14. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: One can never fully remove that visual. You can only hope to contain it.

    @Grey: It’s on brother, 87.99 mil.

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