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Jason Heyward is already in some good company

Posted on: April 21, 2010 12:52 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2010 1:49 pm
Hype can be a terrible thing.  There is always the chance that the subject of said hype will not live up to it.  Through 13 games this season, it is safe to say that Jason Heyward has lived up to the immense hype that has shadowed him.  I thought it would be fun to take a look at how some ROY winners fared in the first few weeks of their ROY season. Obviously, we're talking about ROY hitters here, not pitchers.

Heyward through 13 games:
.298 avg., 1.028 OPS
4 HRs, 16 RBI, 9 walks, 17 Ks
Some seriously memorable moments

Chris Coghlan (2009 NL ROY) through 13 games:
.150 avg, .464 OPS
1 HR, 5 RBI, 11 Ks

Evan Longoria (2008 AL ROY):
.286 avg, .951 OPS
2 HR, 9 RBI, 9 walks, 8 Ks

Dustin Pedroia (2007 AL ROY):
.167 avg., .469 OPS
0 HRs, 0 RBI, 7 walks, 3 Ks

Ryan Braun (2007 NL ROY):
.313 avg., .921 OPS
3 HRs, 8 RBI, 3 walks, 15 Ks

Hanley Ramirez (2006 NL ROY)
.364 avg, 1.063 OPS
2 HRs, 7 RBI, 6 walks, 15 Ks

Ryan Howard (2005 NL ROY)
.250 avg, .700 OPS
1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 7 Ks

Albert Pujols (2001 NL ROY):
.413 avg., 1.199 OPS
4 HRs, 12 RBI, 4 walks, 7 Ks

Carlos Beltran (1999 AL ROY):
.309 avg., .716 OPS
1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 walk, 7 Ks

Scott Rolen (1997 NL ROY):
.250 avg., 558 OPS
0 HRs, 3 RBI, 3 walks, 13 Ks

Derek Jeter (1996 AL ROY)
.308 avg., .896 OPS
2 xbhits, 6 RBI, 9 walks, 10 Ks

Jeff Bagwell (1991 NL ROY)
.231 avg., .725 OPS
2 HRs, 7 RBI, 7 walks, 12 Ks

David Justice (1990 NL ROY)
.353 avg., .999 OPS
3 HRs, 10 RBI, 5 walks, 9 Ks

Mark McGwire (1987 AL ROY)
.243 avg., 864 OPS
3 HRs, 8 RBI, 8 walks, 13 Ks

Cal Ripken (1982 AL ROY)
.140 avg., .395 OPS
1 HR, 3 RBI, 0 walks, 7 Ks

Eddie Murray (1977 AL ROY)
.229 avg., .663 OPS
2 HRs, 5 RBI, 4 walks, 10 Ks

Andre Dawson  (1977 NL ROY)
.208 avg., .514 OPS
0 HRs, 3 RBI, 4 walks, 9 Ks

What does this all mean?  Probably nothing.  It's April and we're talking about 13 games.  Obviously, young Heyward could go 4-for-75 over the next chunk of games and the doubting contingent will say "See, I told you he wouldn't last!!!"  But that's the world in which we live.  Me?  I'll enjoy it while it lasts and hope we're looking at the next Junior Griffey (minus the backward hat during BP...actually, I have no idea whether Heyward wears his hat backward during BP...). 

By the way, Junior, in his first 13 games as a 19-year-old in 1989, hit .204 with 2 HRs and 3 RBI.  Just sayin'.
Category: MLB

Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2010 12:23 pm

Jason Heyward is already in some good company

There is always the chance that the subject of said hype will not live up to it. Wow. You have a flair for the understatement. A more realistic phrase would be: "There is always the chance that the subject of hype WILL live up to it" because the odds are definitely more in favor of a player NOT living up to hype. After all, what is hype anyhow? Hype is short for hyperbole which by its' very definition means exaggeration. But as you've so ably pointed it really hype if it's true?? And in case you're wondering, Jason is on my Fantasy team who I have started from day 1. Yeah, it might have been a laugher to start him from the beginning, but he who laughs last...

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