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.