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Heyward fondly remembers his Draft day

Heyward fondly remembers his Draft day

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Heyward fondly remembers his Draft day
WASHINGTON -- Jason Heyward understands the excitement currently being felt by the top high school and collegiate baseball players in anticipation of the start of this year's First-year Player Draft on Monday. He was in the same position five years ago before learning the Braves took him with the fifth overall selection in the 2007 Draft.

"You're never going to forget that day, ever," Heyward said. "But I would say time definitely flies, especially when you are having fun."

The Braves took advantage of having four of the top 78 selections in the 2007 Draft. With the 33rd overall selection, they nabbed third baseman Jon Gilmore, who was part of the package used to acquire Javier Vazquez before the 2009 season. But the significance of this class was truly enhanced by the decision to take Freddie Freeman with the 78th overall selection.

Freeman and Heyward met each other during their high school days and have played most of the past five years together. "That doesn't happen often for everybody in this game," Heyward said. "It's a business. We'll see how long we end up playing together. But it's just been cool."

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