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Heyward promoted to Class AA

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Former Henry County High School outfielder Jason Heyward took a giant step toward one day shagging fly balls in Turner Field when the Braves promoted one of their top prospects to Mississippi.

Heyward spent the first part of the season with Class A Myrtle Beach, the team's Class A affiliate.

Mississippi is the Braves' Class AA minor league team.

Heyward made his debut with the Mississppi team over the weekend, playing in two games and showing life at the next level is agreeing with the 20-year-old from McDonough.

Heyward has played in two games for Mississippi, and is batting .429.

Over the weekend, he batted seven times, finished with three hits, one double, a triple and drove in two runs.

He also helped his own-base percentage wth two walks.

Heyward got the call up to the Class AA level after batting .296 with 31 RBIs and 10 home runs in 49 games in Class A.

The McDonough resident spent part of May battling injuries, but was named to the Carolina League All-Star game with Myrtle Beach earlier this season.

Heyward was drafted in the first round by the Braves two years ago with the 13th pick overall.

The former Clayton News Daily/Henry Daily Herald Southern Crescent Player of the Year has been named one of the Top-50 prospects by Baseball America.

During his high school days, Heyward helped lead the Warhawks to a state title.