April 05, 2010
Jason Heyward(notes) wasted no time at all demonstrating why he's the best hitting prospect in baseball. In his first major league at-bat, the 20-year-old hit a three-run bomb off Cubs' starter Carlos Zambrano(notes) – and we definitely mean bomb. The ball landed deep in the Atlanta bullpen in right-center. You'll find the video here.
Zambrano fell behind Heyward 2-0, then threw him a sinker that didn't sink nearly enough. When Heyward made contact, there was no doubt whatsoever about the result. The crowd's reaction was of course fantastic. That's Chipper Jones(notes) pictured above waiting to hug Heyward, looking like your grandma greeting you at the door.
This has already been a spectacular opening day, featuring a no-hit bid from Shaun Marcum(notes), a two-homer game from Albert Pujols(notes), and a defensive gem of the highest quality from Mark Buehrle(notes). But Heyward's blast was the goosebumps moment.
If you left him on your fantasy bench today – and he was only started in 54 percent of Yahoo! leagues – then you're free to complain in comments…
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