5 years ago

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday that he envisions the top third of his batting order as Andrelton Simmons, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton.

It's certainly a boon to the fantasy value of the 23-year-old shortstop, as he'll have ample opportunity to score runs hitting in front of Heyward and Upton. Heyward finished the 2012 season as the third hitter in the Braves lineup, but will gladly move up and let the younger Upton slide into that role.