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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Yankees draft someone named Slade Heathcott

I’m not even going to pretend to know anything about Slade Heathcott.  The Yankees drafted him with the 29th overall pick.

Here is the MLB.com scouting report on the outfielder:

Hitting ability:
Heathcott has plus hitting ability from the left side of the plate.

He has plus power to all fields.

Running speed:
Even with a knee brace, he showed above-average speed.

Base running:
Has great instincts on the bases and will be a base-stealer in the future.

Arm strength:
Also clocking in at 95 mph in the past off the mound, his arm from the outfield is a big plus.

He's a plus defender who can play all three outfield positions well.

His speed and his instincts allow him to cover a lot of ground.

Physical Description:
Heathcott is muscular with broad shoulders and a v-cut torso.

Medical Update:
He had ACL reconstruction surgery in November and has been playing with a knee brace, but shows no ill effects. He recently sprained a shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield, but sustained no structural damage.

Plus tools across the board. Intense competitor with instincts beyond his years.

There are some off-the-field issues that concern some. His makeup on the field is fine, but his character is the question.

Heathcott is a very interesting high school outfielder with plus tools across the board. Even after November ACL surgery, he runs extremely well, has a plus arm from the outfield and can really hit for average and power from the left side of the plate. He's an intense competitor, but there is some concern over character issues off the field. The team that gets those questions answered could be the one to take him on Draft Day.


Bryan said...

Will this be a Bronson Sardinha or a C.J. Henry?

(Yes, I know they are both flame-outs).

Raven King said...

Slade Heathcott?
Sounds like a perfect name for a vampire slayer.
Hopefully he won't turn out to be another first-round draft pick who can't make it to the big league.

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