Well, that could have gone better.
Heyward’s sophomore season began with an injury that took him out of most of spring training, followed by a season-long slump. His batting average fell by fifty points from his rookie season and his walk rate fell slightly as well. Pitchers, especially lefties, were able to tie him up inside, leading to a seemingly interminable succession of GB4s, usually very slow ones. He continued to have nagging injuries, and missed three weeks in May and June on the DL.
That being said, I think that a lot of people have overreacted. Gosh, Jason was 21 years old last year, and he wasn’t that bad. I think that his injuries were probably worse than he let on — for all that some people seemed to think he was malingering — and that he suffered more than is generally realized from missing most of spring training. (I thought at the time that they should have left him in Florida for a week or two at the start of the season, though I understand the pressure to get him in the lineup, especially considering the sucking chest wound in center field.) He’s never really struggled before, and he had some problems with that, and problems making adjustments. I think he’ll get over that.
Has a strong arm he hasn’t really tamed yet, but which could be a weapon in time. Other than that, one of the best defensive right fielders in the game. Was 9 for 11 on stolen bases, took the extra base as well as anyone last year, very fast once he gets going and accelerates better than most men his size.