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Praising All That Is Jason Heyward

Jason Heyward is having an absolutely tremendous season. While I was reading some fanposts at Talking Chop earlier this morning, I came across this little blip.

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 I did a search on b-ref's play index for players age 20 or younger (b-ref considers a player's age on June 30th his age for the season) who have posted an OBP of .375 or higher.

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  1. Mel Ott . .449
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  3. Ted Williams .436
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  5. Al Kaline .421
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  7. Jimmie Foxx .416
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  9. Alex Rodriguez .414
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  11. Mel Ott .397
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  13. Jason Heyward .394
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  15. Mickey Mantle .394
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  17. Ty Cobb .380
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  19. Frank Robinson .375
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  21. Arky Vaughan .375
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You may recognize many of the names on this list: one of them is Alex Rodriguez and the others are all hall of famers.
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That is pretty incredible, in my opinion. Being ranked around these players only means good things for Heyward's future, which should be as bright as any of us can imagine.

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Here are a few other nuggets about Heyward:

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He has a higher wOBA than Evan Longoria, Mark Teixeira, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Joe Mauer, Ryan Braun, and Alex Rodriguez, to name a few. 

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He has the highest Fangraphs WAR for any right fielder in the N.L.

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His .395 OBP ranks fourth in the N.L.

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His 13.9% walk rate also ranks fourth in the N.L.

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His 4.8 Speed Score is tied for fourth in the N.L. amongst right fielders.

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His .871 OPS is the second highest for right fielders in the N.L.

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He ranks first in Dewan's +/- at +20. This is one of the best fielding metrics around.

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Jason Heyward is having an incredible season and has gotten really hot lately. He is in a prime position in the batting order and is producing well, which includes his big home run last night. Here's to Heyward having a phenomenal career in a Braves uniform.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.