Count Braves third baseman Chipper Jones among those impressed with top outfield prospect Jason Heyward, who will get the chance to win a starting job in spring training.
"I got to hit with him (Tuesday), and I was more than impressed," Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I’ve got a pretty good feeling he’s going to seize this opportunity and make the most of it."
Jones compared the 20-year-old Heyward to former Braves first baseman Fred McGriff, who like Heyward was a left-handed hitter. McGriff finished his major league career with 493 home runs.
As for Jones, he said he is healthy after suffering an assortment of nagging injuries last season.