Veteran outfielder Jason Heyward has had an impressive start to his Dodger career. He’s seeing the ball well, and clearly putting his revamped swing to work, already mashing two home runs early in spring training.
Heyward has played so well that he’s gone from an afterthought minor league acquisition to a potential member of the Opening Day roster. And after Dave Roberts’ comments on Wednesday, the word “potential” may have to be scratched from that sentence.
Roberts spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon, and was asked about Heyward making the Opening Day roster. He confidently said, “I think it’s a safe bet,” per Fabian Ardaya.
Heyward was brought in as a minor league acquisition, and no one really expected him to have an impact on this team. However, he immediately got to work at Dodger Stadium, and starting fixing his swing.
Also, Heyward is a close friend of Freddie Freeman, and someone that Freeman consistently spoke highly of after the signing. So the more Freeman started talking about Heyward, the more the door opened for a potential spot on the roster.
Then, Heyward’s bat came alive, and with Gavin Lux’s injury, a spot opened up on the roster. And unless something catastrophic happens, it seems that Heyward is a lock to fill that spot.
So that now begs a new question: Is Jason Heyward going to be in the Opening Day lineup? Only time will tell on that one, but at this point, he’s making a pretty strong case.
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