Now Commenting On:

Braves grab Heyward's brother in 38th round

Braves grab Heyward's brother in 38th round

Braves grab Heyward's brother in 38th round

LOS ANGELES -- As Jason Heyward was preparing for Saturday night's game at Dodger Stadium, he learned the Braves selected his younger brother, Jacob Heyward, in the 38th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

While the younger Heyward could someday join the professional ranks, big brother said Jacob will stick with his commitment to play at the University of Miami. Jason said this decision was made before the Draft began on Thursday.


"I was happy for him when he got into school," Jason said. "The Draft was going to be whatever it was. Now he can go [to Miami] play and develop some more."

Jacob Heyward is six years younger and four inches shorter than his older brother, who was selected No. 14 overall in the 2007 Draft. As a senior at Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga., Jacob led the Chargers to the Class A-Private state championship.

"He hit for power and he threw 94 mph off the mound this year," Jason said. "He can run and he's going to get faster. He's got a lot ahead of him. We'll see what happens."

Eric Single is an associate reporter for Braves beat writer Mark Bowman reported on Jason and Jacob Heyward from Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.