Friday, November 16, 2012
Selected by New York 29th overall in the 2009 Draft out of Texas High School, Heathcott has a checkered past that includes family issues and personal problems. Injuries and surgeries have added to the time Heathcott has spent away from the field, but he has been as locked in as any hitter over the last week.
The Yankees’ No. 5 prospect and third-ranked outfielder is currently riding an eight-game hitting streak. Over that time, he’s batting 19-for-32 (.594) with 10 extra-base hits and 11 RBIs. He has also stolen three bases over that spell, and he has as many walks (three) as strikeouts.
Heathcott capped a solid 2012 season with a great stint in the Arizona Fall League. His 388/.494/.612 line gave him an OPS that .was second in the league. He’ll be 22 in 2013, and may start the year in AA, although he only has 248 PA in advanced Class A thanks to injuries. I’m concerned about his ability to remain healthy, but I am optimistic about his play and while I think it’s a long shot, he may be a possibility for a starting OF spot in MLB at some point in 2014. From what I’ve read he’s got better tools than Mason Williams, but I think his health makes him a bigger question mark.
If the Yankees are going to achieve their goal of being competitive with a restricted payroll, players like Heathcott are going to be critical. Let’s hope he’s part of the solution.
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