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Heyward's walk in the park

Posted on: September 13, 2010 9:36 am
Edited on: September 13, 2010 10:58 am
 
Jayson Heyward
Braves rookie outfielder Jason Heyward is playing out of his mind lately, batting .359 during his current 10-game hitting streak and .447 since August 21.

But the number that is most impressive in Heyward's huge first year is his on-base percentage, which stands at .399, fourth-highest in the National League. He leads all rookies in walks, and for a power hitter who started the season at age 20 to show that kind of plate discipline in his first season is simply amazing.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported some numbers from an ESPN researcher that put that number in context. Since 1900, the only players to have an OBP as high as Heyward's in their age 20 season (Heyward has turned 21, but was 20 for most of the year) were Mel Ott (.449 in 1929), Ted Williams (.436 in 1939), Al Kaline (.421 in 1955), Jimmie Foxx (.416 in 1928) and Alex Rodriguez (.414 in 1996).

Heyward is drawing unintentional walks in 13 percent of his plate appearances, behind only Ott and Williams for a season since 1900.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:47 am
 

Heyward's walk in the park

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Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:24 pm
 

Heyward's walk in the park

6 games left head to head...  The last 3 games of the year in Turner...
I like our chances

And yes, TODAY, Heyward is ROY - but 3 weeks still to be played...
Even though he's had a solid year Sanchez to me is a distant 4th.  It's a 3 horse race between Heyward, Posey, & Garcia



Since: Feb 18, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2010 12:24 pm
 

Heyward's walk in the park

   This vote will not even be as close as people think.  Hey ward is easily seperating himself from the rest of the field when it matters most.  The amount of pressure this 21 year old is facing on a daily basis is unreal.  How has he responded?  Hitting .391 so far in the final month of the season in the THICK of a playoff chase.  Most rookies fizzle out by this time of year, but since his thumb has begun to get better, so has he.  At this point in his career and with his spot in the lineup, I love the patience he shows at the plate.  But when he gets moved to the third spot in the order (which will be his permanent spot for many years to come), he will have to learn like many great hitters to expand the strike zone a bit when presented with chances to knock runs in.  The guy is a stud and is so fun to watch.  I honestly do not believe he will have any 40-50 HR seasons, but he is capable of being a .320/30/120 guy every year.  The gap in this race will only get larger.  The only other real candidate is Garcia.



Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2010 9:46 am
 

Heyward's walk in the park

Really Teixeira?




Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: September 14, 2010 9:38 am
 

Heyward's walk in the park

Posey plays a more important position. Also Posey, unlike Heyward, has been doing it all season while Heyward has been on for the first month of the season and as of recent. The kid is doing well, I give him props for that, but he's got a lot of development to go through. Posey, Garcia, Sanchez, these guys are more deserving of Rookie of the year because they have done it all season, not just 1 or 2 good months.

You couldn't be more wrong. Heyward is actually the one has has ben more consistent per month than the other guys.

Month averages:

Posey:
June- .259
July- .417
August- .282
September- .270

Sanchez:
April- .273
May- .262
June- .375
July- .250
August- .260
September- .188

Heyward:
April- .240
May- .337
June- .181
July- .356
August- .300
September- .391

So aside from one horrible month for Heyward (thumb injury) he has been blowing Posey away. If it weren't for one great month by Posey this wouldn't be a debate. Sanchez shouldn't be discussed.

So you're statement should actually be the other way around: Heyward should win the award because he's the ONLY one who's been doing it all season.

And about Posey playing a more important position...that would matter except that Posey is not a good defensive catcher at all. I don't think he should get points for being a catcher when he really isn't a good one. Thats like saying Kyle Orton is a better football player than Randy Moss simply because he plays the most demanding position while Moss plays the least. Heyward is an excellent right-fielder, and even though its not the most demanding position he still excels at it while Posey doesn't excel at his position.

I can't compare Garcia or give the award to a pitcher because they don't make a daily impact. If a pitcher was going to win the award Tommy Hanson would have won it over Chris Coghlan last year.



Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2010 9:23 am
 

Heyward's walk in the park

@The Don Rey The only time Heyward wasn't doing it was when he couldn't wrap his thumb around the bat.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2010 9:13 am
 

Heyward's walk in the park

Good for Heyward. I'm really happy for him. He can enjoy his ROY trophy while watching the playoffs on TV. The Phillies will take the division and someone from the NL west will take the Wild Card.




Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2010 11:14 pm
 

Heyward's walk in the park

What are you talking about, Heyward has 459 at bats, Posey has 340.  Heyward has been doing it longer and has better numbers in most of the important categories.  There is no crazy bonus for playing in a "more important" position...even still Heywards WAR is better.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2010 8:03 pm
 

Heyward's walk in the park

Posey plays a more important position. Also Posey, unlike Heyward, has been doing it all season while Heyward has been on for the first month of the season and as of recent. The kid is doing well, I give him props for that, but he's got a lot of development to go through. Posey, Garcia, Sanchez, these guys are more deserving of Rookie of the year because they have done it all season, not just 1 or 2 good months.




Since: May 20, 2009
Posted on: September 13, 2010 7:43 pm
 

Heyward's walk in the park

Posey is a trendy pick, and I completely don't understand it. What in the hell does Posey have over Heyward?? The ONLY stat Posey has over Heyward is AVG. His OBP is still lower. He hasn't hit as many HRs, driven in as many RBIs, gotten as many Rs, or even stolen as many bases. He's hit less doubles and triples. It's not even like Posey's team is in a better situation, as both teams are serious contenders. Sure, he hasn't had as many plate appearances, but isn't that the point of the ROY? The MOST EFFECTIVE rookie? Not the most effective rookie per AB, or else Danny Espinosa of the Nationals is a shoo-in...

And the say NAY kid? Are you for real?

A .289/.399/.481 line with 80 R, 69 RBI, 17 HR, and 9 SB in 457 ABs WHILE battling an obviously debilitating thumb injury for part of the season?

You're nuts.



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