Everyone seems to be trying to sell short on baseball's top prospect, Jason Heyward. There has been a timid approach to him being the Atlanta Braves starting right fielder all off-season, and that chorus has grown in recent weeks as spring training approaches. While we will have to wait and see what the team does, at least one main stream media journalist gets it, and echos what I've been saying all off-season. Here is Ken Rosenthal:
Jason Heyward is more than the top prospect in baseball.
He's the player who could transform the Braves from a modest threat into a World Series contender. [...]
Teams routinely delay the promotions of top prospects until the cutoff date passes for them to qualify for an extra year of arbitration, usually around May 15. The Braves did just that with Hanson. But they had four starting pitchers ahead of him.
Their need for Heyward is more urgent.
We took the last-minute-veteran-outfielder-stopgap approach last year, and it didn't work. I can't seem to scream it loud enough, but this Heyward kid needs to start the year in the majors. Perhaps we'll see more MSM writers echo the thoughts of Rosenthal. Of course, the only opinion that likely counts is that of number-6.