The Braves' best hitter in June bats seventh most of the time, and manager Fredi Gonzalez has no imminent plans to move Jason Heyward higher in the order. "He's been fine [where he is], and you kind of want to split up the left-handers," Gonzalez said before Friday's series opener against the Boston Red Sox. "But he's done fine there. Hitting sixth, seventh, fifth the other day against a right-hander." Heyward hit .351 with 10 extra-base hits (four home runs) and a 1.067 on-base-plus-slugging percentage in 16 June games before Friday, with 11 strikeouts in 57 at-bats. In May he hit .200 with nine extra-base hits, a .704 OPS and 30 strikeouts in 95 at-bats. "It's seeing pitches, seeing enough pitches," Heyward said of his increased production. "This is my first season playing through May and June [healthy], knock on wood. I just try and get better every night, keep making adjustments that you have to make."
For now, Gonzalez likes Heyward in bottom half of order
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Jun 23