Heyward making aggressive decisions on basepaths

Heyward making aggressive decisions on basepaths

BOSTON -- Jason Heyward has deservedly received a lot of attention for the way he has been swinging the bat lately, but the right fielder has been equally impressive while showing off his tremendous athleticism with aggressive decisions on the basepaths.

"He might be the best baserunner out there right now," third-base coach Brian Snitker said. "He's fearless."

Heyward sparked the Braves' offense in Tuesday's win over the Yankees when he turned an apparent double into a triple to start the third inning. During the sixth inning of Friday's win over the Red Sox, he alertly tagged and went from second to third base after Cody Ross stumbled while making a catch in right field. Then during Saturday night's loss, Heyward again went from second to third after Adrian Gonzalez caught a pop fly by the tarp located in foul territory behind first base.

"I figure I'll use my legs while I still can," the 22-year-old Heyward said with a smile.

Heyward entered Sunday having hit .379 with a .410 on-base percentage and .741 slugging percentage in his previous 16 games. His batting average jumped from .235 to .270 during that span.