Originally written on BravesWire  |  Last updated 11/15/14

12 March 2009: Atlanta Braves' outfielder Jason Heyward watches his solo blast clear the fences during a Spring Training game against the Washington Nationals at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. The Braves defeated the Nationals 6-2 in the Grapefruit League matchup. ***** Editorial Sales Only ***** Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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By Andrew Hirsh As one of the most highly-touted players of his generation, Jason Heyward has grown accustomed to the spotlight. What the 22-year-old isn’t used to, however, is the level of scrutiny he will surely face over the next seven months. With an injury-plagued sophomore campaign in the rearview mirror, Heyward has spent this offseason and subsequent spring trying to repair his hitting mechanics and restore his self-confidence. Such adjustments become necessary when a player hits .227/.319/.389 with 14 home runs over the course of a full season, especially when this particular young man was at one time the top prospect in the world. If we were to take Heyward’s entire Spring Training stat line into consideration—one that is even worse than he put up during the 2011 regular season—it would appear that he remains far away from where the Braves need him to be. But his production this week has strongly contrasted to how he performed in the beginning of March, perhaps signifying ...
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