When Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward finished the month of May with a batting average of .146, some fans were questioning whether he was ever going to return to the level of play that he had displayed in previous seasons.
Apparently, the 23-year-old enjoyed the calendar’s change to summer, as he has heated up in June, hitting .300 with four home runs and eight RBIs, which is twice as many homers as he had in April and May, and the same amount of RBIs he compiled in the first two months.
While Heyward’s average still sits at just .222, there is now reason to believe that it will continue to rise as the season progresses. The Braves are certainly hoping that’s the case, as first baseman Freddie Freeman, who is the same age as Heyward, has been a much more consistent hitter during his time in the big leagues, despite the fact that both were expected to be cornerstones of the franchise for many years to come.
“He’s quietly having a pretty good month of June,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution following Heyward’s first three-RBI game of the year in a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.
Based on the numbers, however, Heyward’s performance this month has seemed a little better than just “pretty good.”
And although his improvement hasn’t resulted in as much team success as Atlanta would like, the club still holds a 5.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals in the National League East.
Hopefully soon his increased amount of hits will translate to more wins for what is still one of the best teams in the MLB.