Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is still leaning toward Jason Heyward in leadoff spot, and Evan Gattis batting cleanup behind Freddie Freeman.
Moving Heyward to the leadoff spot makes some sense, despite the groans from fantasy owners as it would likely cut down his RBI potential substantially. Heyward has posted a .335-plus OBP in each of the last two seasons and is a better fit than B.J. Upton and his Mark Trumbo-esque on-base percentage or the young Andrelton Simmons who posted a .296 OBP in his first full-season last year. If the move to the leadoff spot would become official for Heyward it would likely lower his ADP some making someone like Yoenis Cespedes arguably more appealing around that 65-75 pick range. As for Gattis and Freeman their positions in the three and four hole were to be expected. Thus, this announcement should not affect there draft stock much as both have caught enough helium coming into this season as it is.
Analyst: Michael Pichan View Profile