Menocal played shortstop at Georgia Tech for head coach Danny Hall, who was an assistant coach for the University of Michigan teams that Close starred for during the 1980s.

Heyward is in the early stages of his second Major League season. The 21-year-old outfielder will not be arbitration-eligible until the end of the 2012 season.

While there is a chance the Braves will attempt to give Heyward a multiyear deal before he becomes arbitration-eligible, there have been no negotiations.

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