Jason Heyward: Why The Jay-Hey Kid Is The Next Willie Mays

Posted: 25th November 2009 by Evan Bruschini in MLB
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Whether you've heard of him or not, Jason Heyward is good. Really good. I suppose those of you who are still uninformed need an explanation. Heyward, age 21, was born in McDonough, Georgia, also the hometown of outfielder Matt Murton. As the crow flies, The Geranium City, as McDonough is known, is just 27 miles away from Atlanta, home of the Braves. After being an All-American at Henry County High School, he was selected 14th overall by Atlanta in 2007, and signed a deal worth $1.7 millionĂ¹$170,000 more than MLB's slot recommendation of $1.53 million, and the same as the 2006 14th-slot amount that the Toronto Blue Jays gave Travis Snider in 2007. But he's not just one of those bonus-babies. The Braves know what they were getting here. Sort of. Local pitchers were so afraid of him that he ...

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