Jason Heyward started the season out slowly, but he had an OK May and in June he has hit .329/.363/.529 with four homers and 14 driven in. Nice rebound.
Of course a ton of his value is tied up in his defense too. Something a lot of people don’t appreciate that much given how big and tall he is. But he could play a more than reasonable center field if asked to — he did in Atlanta a good bit — so the range he has in right is no joke. In fact, it’s pretty fantastic. As was on display here:
Most right fielders don’t get close to that ball.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.