Slade Heathcott: Yankee’s First Pick for 2009

June 11th, 2009 - 1:57 am ICT by GD  

Slade Heathcott, ranked No. 29overall 2009 Baseball Draft Selections, is an outfielder from Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas. The New York Yankee’s first pick for a position player since 2001, Heathcott has a lot to live up to, but he seems confident regarding his abilities on the field.

Heathcott’s surprise was evident at being selected at the first round. He said “It was somewhat of a surprise,” he said. “I had a feeling it might happen to a degree, but nothing was final, so it was a pretty big surprise. I had (talked to the Yankees) quite a bit. I think it’ll be an excellent fit.”

It was essential for the Yankees to sign Heathcott as they wouldn’t be compensated for not signing him next year. Heathcott, however, did not confirm anything about whether or not he would sign with the Yankees or play college baseball at LSU, where he’s already committed.

At 6′1″ 190 pound, Heathcott had an remarkable season for Texas High, hitting .457 (21-for-46) with four homers, 28 RBI and 15 runs scored even after a surgery last November for a torn ACL in his left knee. This is what caused Heathcott to start his season in mid-March.”It’s sore from time to time,” he said. “I came back in three and a half months to try and help my high school team out. The doctor said it would be sore, but it’s doing good.” Heathcott is an all-around athlete who is known for his high-speed pitching as well as strength and throwing range.

He seems to be very optimistic about his future as he comments , “Like I’ve said all along throughout this whole process, I’m in a win-win situation either way. I’m ready to get started if it works out. I’m just in an excellent situation right now.”

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