Ballyhooed rookie Jason Heyward will break camp as Bobby Cox’s starting right fielder, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.
Beerleaguer: Arguably the most hyped player this entire spring, Heyward, 20, is hitting .366/.500/.537. “Heyward has destroyed car windows during batting practice and displayed an advanced plate discipline that led Tigers manager Jim Leyland to draw a comparison between Heyward and a young Albert Pujols,” writes Mark Bowman for MLB.com. Cox has also compared the sound of the ball off his bat to that of Mickey Mantle. So, yeah. Just a little bit of hype.
That said, here’s how the Braves’ lineup could look: CF Nate McLouth; 2B Martin Prado; 3B Chipper Jones; C Brian McCann; 1B Troy Glaus; RF Heyward; SS Yunel Escobar; LF Melky Cabrera. Their rotation will go like this: RHP Tim Hudson, RHP Jair Jurrjens, RHP Derek Lowe, RHP Tommy Hanson, RHP Kenshin Kawakami. Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito are your top relievers. That's tough.