J-Hey carrying a big stick for Chicago
After a full winter dedicated to his approach at the plate, Jason Heyward is finally seeing some results.
For the second-straight spring, Heyward struggled badly in Cactus League action, making us all a little anxious about that record contract. But, to open the regular season, the outfielder has been nothing short of powerful.
The former first-round pick carries a .290 average into the opener against the Bucs Friday at Wrigley. On Sunday in Milwaukee, Heyward squared up pitches in every single at-bat in a win over the Brewers. Although he’s yet to hit a long-ball, it’s only a matter of time with how he’s driving pitches.
His mental approach even seems improved. He now expects to be a force at the dish, evidenced by some choice words he let fly during ESPN’s coverage of the home opener earlier this week. When a player expects results, he’s feeling good.
And when Jason Heyward is feeling good, the Chicago Cubs offense rises to a completely new level.