Heyward at Turner Field tonight and Oudin will arrive tommorow

Fresh off her inspiring run during the U.S. Open, Atlanta’s tennis phenom Melanie Oudin will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday night’s game against the Phillies. 

But the Braves were unsuccessful in their attempt to lure Serena Williams to Atlanta this weekend to provide Bobby Cox a chance to take a break from his in-game negotiations with umpires. 

While Williams won’t be at Turner Field on Saturday, Jason Heyward is here tonight.  But it still appears we’ll likely have to wait until next year before seeing Heyward make his Major League debut. 

Heyward will be among the Braves Minor League Players and Pitchers of the Year honored before tonight’s game.   Last week, Baseball America named Heyward its Minor League Player of the Year.

This year’s POY honorees are:

Organizational: Heyward (player), Craig Kimbrell (pitcher)
Triple-A Gwinnett:  Barbaro Canizares (player), Mariano Gomez (pitcher)
Double-A Mississippi:   Matt Young (player), Kyle Coffield (pitcher)
Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach: Donell Linares (player), Cory Gearrin (pitcher)
Class A Rome:  Yoel Campusano (player)  JJ Hoover (pitcher)
Rookie Level Danville: Christian Bethancourt (player), Robinson Lopez (pitcher)
Dominican Summer League:  Edison Sanchez (player), Andy Otero (player)

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