136 – Oh, totally. Heyward can definitely have a breakout season like Kemp had last year. The only question is when it will happen. I was actually thinking about that today — that Heyward could have a Kemp-like season last year. I also just looked at Kemp’s seasons before last year, and he had a few years that were kinda middling, promising, but not up to his 2011 potential. Lots of OPSs in the .750-.850 range, which is where I think Heyward will be until he becomes the hitter he’ll fully be.
A couple of other factors:
1. Last year, Kemp was 26. Heyward is currently 22.
2. Fredi Gonzalez. If he keeps undervaluing Heyward and hitting him in the 7 spot, I think that Heyward will have a Kemp-like season…for another team. For now, I have little confidence in Fredi’s ability to oversee Heyward’s production and development as The Behemoth that Heyward is meant to be.
Sorry… I don’t think Heyward will be what we all want…..
I may be crazy, but should you already have your swing down by the time you get to the show? We always here that “oh he needs to work on his swing.” I know people get better with practice but this is what these people do for a living. All day long.
BTW…did anyone see the article about Francoeur delivering pizza to fans?
He’s still only 22 years old and had one of the best OBP’s by a rookie ever. Most pros at 22 are still in AA or AAA. Show me a MLB player who doesn’t work on his swing and I’ll show you a scrub. This game is all about adjustments.