YGY Radio Rewind: Slade Heathcott Interview


Last night, on the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show, brought to you by KNODA.com, I had the privilege to speak with one of the New York Yankees’ outfield prospects and non-roster invitees, Slade Heathcott. Heathcott was the Yankees first round pick when he was selected 29th overall in 2009 out of Texakarna High School in Texas.

Last season, Heathcott was only able to play in nine games for double-A Trenton because of a knee injury, something that the 24-year-old is all too familiar with in his career. After non-tendering Heathcott in December, the Yankees decided to sign him to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training in January.

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Clearly, the Yankees believe that Heathcott can play when healthy and he showed that in 2013. During that season with the Trenton Thunder, he played in 103 games and hit .261 with eight home runs and 49 RBI’s. He is also aggressive when it comes to stealing bases as he stole 15 bases in 23 attempts. Those 15 stolen bases were second on the team behind Jose Pirela and the eight times he was caught stealing led the team.

Heathcott has gotten off to a great start this Spring. On Tuesday afternoon, in the Yankees first game against the Philadelphia Phillies, he went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored. Here are some of the topics that I spoke to Slade about, which included his thoughts on the great defensive play that shortstop Cito Culver made in the 8th inning of Wednesday’s game:

  • How he is doing in terms of his health this Spring?
  • What are his goals for the 2015 season, which included a new approach he is taking to the game
  • Who was Heathcott’s favorite player to watch growing up?
  • The impact Trenton manager Tony Franklin had on him in 2013.
  • What was it like for him when was drafted by the Yankees in 2009?
  • What has been the best part about playing in the Yankees organization for Heathcott?
  • Who have his role models been both on and off the diamond?
  • The impact that Colossians 3:23 on his life
  • What is the one thing that he wants to tell Yankees fans?


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