Hmm these are good questions ,what would be considered a good starting numbers for a rookie superstar in the making. I would say similiar numbers to Ryan Klesko,Javier Lopez or Chipper rookie seasons would suffice.With his more patient demeanor i would say with much higher walk rates.
What I didn’t put in my made up numbers about Heyward was OBP. Let it be above .325 with 12 – 15 homers and I’ll be happy. I think.
Great Tweet from Buster Olney: Best line of the spring so far: Andrew Jones showed up in great shape, about 25 pounds lighter than last year. And he proclaimed to others, “I am the best CFer you guys have in camp.” To which Joey Cora replied, “You should be. Only pitchers and catchers have reported.”
Day 1 of the ST Heyward era really is off the charts. Between the Coke truck and asst. GM car denting, Bobby saying the ball coming off his bat sounds like Aaron and the BP video with TP throwing behind him. Heady times, people. Heady times.
Steve, I couldn’t agree more or be more excited. I guess we’ll have to calm down at some point as JH becomes more “mortal”. It seems now like a forgone conclusion that he will start the season in the “bigs”.
For me, I am less concerned with Heyward’s numbers (LESS concerned, not completely unconcerned) and more concerned with his progress. Is he making adjustments, is he learning from his mistakes, is he improving as the season goes on. I think a typical cycle is that when pitchers first see hitters, the advantage goes to the batter. Then, with tape and everything, pitchers tend to figure batters out (see Francoeur, Jeff), and the pitchers have the advantage. After that, the good players make adjustments and the bad players don’t. That’s what I want to see, how he adjusts.
I actually can’t remember being this excited about a new Brave. Chipper was exciting, but he came along at heady times for the Braves. Same story for Andruw. McCann and Frenchy sort of took me by surprise. Greg Norton did not.
That’s my two cents. Anyone know how I can watch ST games in Boston? MLBTV doesn’t have them. Bummer.