Heyward held off base for first time this spring

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heyward sunglasses.JPGBraves phenom Jason Heyward failed to register a hit or walk for the first time this spring during Saturday’s 7-6 exhibition loss to the Blue Jays.

According to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, who has apparently nicknamed the kid “J-Hey,” it’s the first time the 20-year-old has been held off the basepaths since the Grapefruit League schedule got underway in early March.

Heyward finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in the contest, snapping a nine-game hitting streak and dropping his Grapefruit League batting average slightly to .387.  He now stands 12-for-31 this spring with four doubles, a home run and nine walks, and has struck out only five times.  The Braves haven’t made anything official yet, but it’s safe to say Heyward is more than ready to take over the club’s starting right field gig.