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The Next Big Thing
SI's Jon Heyman examines baseball's latest crop of rising stars
Some have said that the buildup is too much, the hype too high for Braves rookie phenom Jason Heyward. While those around him compare him with Willie McCovey, Willie Stargell and Ken Griffey, Heyward (above) remains unfazed. "I don't have any expectations,'' he says. "I just intend to be patient and take what the game gives me.'' But it isn't just the scouts and sportswriters going crazy over this 20-year-old kid; it's also unimpeachable experts such as Braves manager Bobby Cox, who, regarding Heyward's baserunning ability, said, "He has big-time instincts. He has some larceny in him.''