Jason Heyward never thought he would be waking up by 8 a.m. on a regular basis during the offseason. But at the same time, the Braves' young outfielder never anticipated experiencing the kind of season that has motivated him to work harder than he ever has in preparation for the next season.

"I've gone into every offseason with the same mindset and I've left every offseason with the same mindset -- that I did the best I could," Heyward said. "This offseason, I'm taking the approach we're going to do the best that we can. But we're going to do it the hardest we can also.

"It takes some time. But I'm glad I'm learning this stuff at 22 [years old] and not having to fight my way through the tail end."