There is no duty we so much underrate as... being happy. -Robert Louis Stevenson
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Domaine Perdu
re: MLB: ONE WEEK!
I would say that it speaks volumes about Heyward's defensive worth as a right fielder that even in his poor offensive "sophomore slump" year of 2011, he was still woth 2.4 WAR, primarily because of his outstanding defense. When he puts together strong offensive years, he's worth 6.3 WAR in 2010 and 5.5 WAR in 2012.
It seems largely forgotten that Heyward missed some time in 2011--especially around May-June--because of a bad right shoulder. Watching some tape on him a few weeks back, it seemed evident to me that the pain he was experiencing in his right shoulder remained a problem throughout most of 2011, and even when he may have recovered from that problem, his swing was largely compromised because of it (wouldn't be the first or last case of a hitter getting himself into a bad habit because of an injury), not getting fully around on most of his swings like he ought to.
But as a 23-year-old right fielder with the kind of unreal potential he possesses, he'd be a guy I would keep an eye on in 2013. Also, it'll probably be refreshing for Justin Upton to be on a club that apparently wants him, so a fully motivated Upton helping to protect Heyward could be huge for him. B.J. is a bit more of a question mark to me, partly because he seems more prone to not really fulfilling his potential completely, but just as his brother may feel more motivated because of the change in scenery, he may feel more motivation because his little brother is standing next to him in the outfield. It'll be an interesting storyline this season, in any case.
Credit to TAR for bringing this .gif to my attention.