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Excitement froth from my mouth last year when I wrote, “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.  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…. He’s my early 2010 NL ROY frontrunner and should be owned in all keeper leagues.”  So, see it frotheth over for 2010.  If you build the hype, they will come… eventually. (Also, Stephen went over his A ball stats in a July Scouting the Unknown.)  So, do I still think Jason Heyward can be someone we can look at for 2010 fantasy baseball leagues?

Um, yeah.  Ain’t that what I’ve been saying?  Since that Scouting the Unknown, Heyward moved up the Braves minor league ranks.  Hitting at a .352/.446/.611 clip at Double-A in 47 games, then .364/.462/.364 in only three games at Triple-A.  Sample size be damned!  Heyward can hit with power and has speed.  He had a leg injury in the AFL, but it shouldn’t hinder him for 2010.  He’ll be a first rounder in fantasy at some point in the near future.  My guess would be 2012 (assuming the Mayans are wrong).  Barring any trades this offseason for outfield pieces, the Braves could use Heyward immediately.  Okay, I’ll rephrase.  The Braves could use a productive Heyward.  As Schafer proved last April, the Braves will give a chance to a rookie, but he must produce.  I could see Heyward staying in the minors until June or breaking camp with the team.  If Heyward comes out of the gate galloping his pony sticks and mollywhopping with his man hands, he could give you a very cheap 12/20 season.  I like him late in mixed leagues if he has a starting gig out of Spring Training.  In keepers, he’s a must have and I could see drafting him in one year NL-Only leagues even if he starts the year in the minors.  i.e. My love is still strong on Jason Heyward for 2010 fantasy baseball.

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  1. Simply Fred

    Simply Fred says:
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    Which begs the question: “What is the statistical track records for those Mayans anyway?”

  2. Simply Fred

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    Ah, edit record(s)

  3. Steve says:
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    @Simply Fred: It was late. Don’t beat yourself up.

  4. big o says:
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    froth ?
    is your nickname Mad Dog ??

  5. Tony says:
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    so what would ATL OF look like? Heyward, McClouth, and Schafer? Who’s getting left out…? Man this sounds about like the Pirates OF….all youngsters….

  6. matthole says:
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    desmond jennings or jason heyward…..next yr and beyond

  7. GopherDay says:
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    What do you think Heyward’s cieling is? Like what do you think his statline will be in 2012? (The mayans are wrong, don’t worry)

  8. Stephen says:
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    @matthole: Heyward without a doubt.

  9. Grey

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    @Simply Fred: I don’t think they were that good at fantasy baseball.

    @big o: No, but I’ve drank Mad Dog 20/20.

    @Tony: Could be. They might also bring in someone just in case the youngsters aren’t ready. Like a Randy Winn, for instance.

    @matthole: Heyward’s a better talent. If you said just next year, I’d say flip a coin and see what one got more playing time.

    @GopherDay: 30/30

  10. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Omar Vizquel signs 1-year deal with Chicago White Sox

  11. Grey

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    @GopherDay: Yeah, seems like he’s going to be a backup.

  12. Big Mike says:
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    Heyward or Maybin for 2010? How about 2012?

  13. Grey

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    @Big Mike: Maybin for 2010, Heyward for 2012.

  14. Jibberish says:
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    Given his position and the fact that he’ll be even closer to the traditional “peak-power” age next season at 27, is Mauer a top-30 player next year?

  15. Grey

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    @Jibberish: I think he’ll be taken probably in the top 20 next year. I won’t, but someone will.

  16. sean says:
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    @Jibberish: You have to consider his number last season as a ceiling. Barring injury, I would think that Mauer is a lock for 75/20/80/.320. I would think that has to make him a top-30 player.

  17. sean says:
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    @Grey: I know the playing time picture will get a little clearer as spring training nears, but COL has some really interesting battles. (Stewart, Atkins, Smith, EYjr, Barmes, CarGo, Spilsy, Hawpe, and Fowler for 5 spots). With Helton, Tulo, and Iannetta, the Rox could have the deepest lineup in the NL.

    CHONE has EYjr slotted as a 2B and projects in 493 ABs a line of 100/8/38/39/.274. Those are monster numbers from the middling infidel spot.

  18. Grey

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    @sean: Agreed, but I don’t think the Rockies go into the season with all the names you list. They need to move on from Atkins and perhaps Spilborghs. Smith’s probably a 4th outfielder for them and in the Mauer post I wrote yesterday (that won’t be published for at least a few weeks, I talk about Iannetta — Liking him for next year). I wrote about EY Jr. in a keeper post in August. I’m a big fan. Just need him to get the job.

  19. Freak says:
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    Just to clarify, the Mayan’s calendar ends in December of 2012. So you can still draft Heyward for the 2012 season, if it so pleases you.

  20. Grey

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    @Freak: Not sure if it’s the best in a Mayan keeper league though.

  21. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Do you think I should try and trade Maybin for Heyward in my Dynasty leagoe?

  22. Grey

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    @GopherDay: Depends what the rest of your team looks like. Do you need Maybin for this year? Can you afford to sit on Heyward for a year or two?

  23. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: My outfield is pretty much set for the next couple of years with Kemp, McCutchen, and Cruz. Along with Morgan to fill in if I need steals or for trade bait.

  24. Aharon says:
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    So whatcha think of Andrew Bailey next year? Moving in the direction of 2007-8 Homer B, or is he a new sneaky adverb? Or just, SAGNOF-style, another faceless monster who haunts my dreams?

  25. Grey

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    @Aharon: Another faceless monster who haunts your dreams. No reason why he can’t be dominate again, but the A’s might not give him that many opportunities. Still no reason to draft him any earlier than usual for a closer.

  26. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Hey, from a dicussion we are having in the mock draft, was there an expert who pcked 2 top catchers last year in an experts draft?

  27. Aharon says:
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    Thanks!

  28. Grey

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    @GopherDay: Maybe… Though I’m not sure if I know what you mean.

    @Aharon: No problem.

  29. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Nothing much, but I said something about picking McCann so I would hve a 1-2 punch with my catchers. big o said something about an experts draft you were in where someone drafted 2 top catchers last year. H thought Russ Martin was one of the catchers. Just wondering if you remember, if you don’t its bo big deal.

  30. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: Reason for you to be proud of the flock: the only SP pick (Lincecum) through first 30 was computer generated. All heeding advice to avoid pitchers early.

  31. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    to clarify :
    the top 2 catchers gambit was tried last year by some old-school expert ,
    one of melnick’s buddies …. former national winner , i think ,
    or one of those hoidy-toidy leagues , the name of which escapes me .

  32. big o says:
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    @big o:
    pretty sure his second pick was russ martin .

    immediately after the draft , some experts labeled it innovative and interesting.
    that opinion quickly chilled .

    and , no , you (grey) were not in that league .

  33. Grey

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    @big o: Gotcha…. yeah, don’t remember.

  34. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    this morning , the name “tout wars” came drifting through my brain .
    could have been in that league .

  35. Grey

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    @big o: Ah… Still nothing.

  36. big o says:
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    @Grey:
    maybe lombardo .

  37. big o says:
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    i am thankful for this razzball site .

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