For the Danville Braves this might be similar to the parent club getting Mark Teixeira. It's a solid offensive player that could make a huge impact in the middle of the batting order for the stretch drive.
The Braves have promoted outfielder Jason Heyward, the team's first round draft choice back in June, to Danville of the Appalachian League.
Heyward signed with the Braves right before the August 15th deadline and has been very impressive in the Gulf Coast League. He hit .296 with a home run, five runs batted in, and four doubles in 27 at bats.
The Danville team has seven more games left in the regular season and will then be in the Appalachian League playoffs. Danville has already clinched the East Division and has a 44-20 record.
Heyward will join Cody Johnson, Atlanta's first round pick in the 2006 draft, in the Danville lineup. The two were teammates in the summer of 2005 for the East Cobb Astros in summer league action. Johnson has perhaps been the Appy League's best player this season. He leads the league with 17 home runs (next closest player has nine) and a .628 slugging percentage (next closest player has a .543 SLG%), is second in RBI with 54, and ninth in batting average (.303).
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can be heard on 680 the Fan in Atlanta and 105.5 the Fan in Macon. Email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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