Heathcott picks up a hit in his pro debut

Getting the third out
Open Thread: My 2009 RAB Fantasy Football Team

First rounder Slade Heathcott played in his first professional game today, going 1-for-3 with a single for the Rookie level GCL Yankees. He lined out to the shortstop in the first, went the opposite way for a single to left in the third, and grounded out to the first baseman in the fifth. With the Yanks losing big, Heathcott was lifted in the 8th inning, and inning after some others were replaced. He started the game in centerfield and batted leadoff, and based on the recap he only had two chances on defense, fielding two singles up the middle in the third.

The road the big leagues has to start somewhere, and this is just the first baby step for Mr. Heathcott.

Getting the third out
Open Thread: My 2009 RAB Fantasy Football Team
  • 27 this year

    good thing Murphy and Slade picked up hits in their debuts.

    However, 1 for 3 is for BUSTS!!!

  • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

    Way to go, Slade. Congrats on your first pro hit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

    OBP of .333? BUST.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WppcSY4SsSk barry

      cant play defense? Doesn’t hit for power? BUST

  • Dela G

    the guy will be a star 3 to 4 years down the road, i am putting my chips in on that

    • 27 this year

      I dream one day of an outfield of AJax, Heathcott, and DeLeon.

      Should be athletic, and decent hitters all around.

      • http://bronxbaseballdaily.com Matt ACTY/BBD

        That is highly unlikely.

        /buzzkill ;)

        • Mac

          Maybe not, in Pittsburgh :-)

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        So many strike outs.

        • Salty Buggah

          But just imagine the collective OF UZR! So many runs saved!

      • Accent Shallow

        It was supposed to be: Melky-Jackson-Tabata

        How’s that working out?

  • RalphieD

    so heathcott will play next year in charleston…what kind of year would be acceptable for his first year in pro ball?

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Is “Better than Andrew Brackman” an acceptable answer? We’d love to see him excel, but he’ll be among the younger players at any level next year.

      • UWS

        Is “Better than Andrew Brackman” an acceptable answer?

        His ERA will be much lower, I can guarantee that right now.

        • Jim

          Brackman is the worst 1st rounder they’ve had this decade

          • Brian

            (CJ Henry wonders what superlative he qualifies for)

    • Salty Buggah

      At least .400/.600/.850 and nothing worse

  • LeftyLarry

    I need to ask the question again.What makes AJax and his high Strikeouts, .298 batting average and few HR’s, so damn more exciting than what Yankees can find in free agency every season.

    • Salty Buggah

      First of all, no one is counting on him to produce next year. Secondly, he’ll be the cheapest by far from all of FA options.

      • LeftyLarry

        After 4 years in the minors the guys start showing not who they might be but who they are.
        114 strikeouts and 4 HR’s this season?
        I can understand the excitement over Montero and even a sure thing catching prospect like Romine but what does AJAX project to be as a RH hitting OF in YANKEE STADIUM?
        A .270 hitter who strikes out too much and hits 10 HR’S?
        Hope I’m wrong but it seems to me AJAX should be showing more power by now or more contact and should be hitting .330.
        At least Deleon is a legit power hitter.

        • Chris

          The major league comp that I have heard the most for AJax is Mike Cameron. Here is how they compare as 22 year olds:

          AJax as a 22YO in AAA:
          503PA, 114K, .767 OPS, .285/.354/.419

          Mike Cameron as a 22YO in AA:
          419PA, 104K, .784 OPS, .249/.355/.429

          Jackson is probably not going to be a super star, but he certainly projects as an above average player who will probably be an All-Star a time or two at his peak.

          • LeftyLarry

            Hope so but not convinced yet.Cameron was a top, top defensive CF’er also.

  • sabes

    The saracsm in this site’s comments really brings a lot to the conversation. Keep it up! A little more sarcasm and you’ll be appraoching PeteAbe for best commenters on a Yankee blog.

    • Salty Buggah

      Thanks for bringing even more to the conversation!

      Seems like a rival blog writer to me…

      • sabes

        Nope, just a blog reader who is desperate for some intelligent discussion on a baseball blog.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dougchu Doug

          “you’ll be appraoching PeteAbe for best commenters on a Yankee blog.”

          lol thanks from all of us for setting the bar so low.

          • Sabes

            Wow and an ingrate responds with a meaningless parting shot. It not my fault that commenters here think the’re adding anything intelligent to the forum, and any backlash against my observation shows how naive and biased those are.

            • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

              Would you care to point out which comments you feel are the sarcastic ones? If you ignore the snarky comments here, you’ll find a lot of intelligent baseball conversation.

              To be brutally honest, too, your dropping this complete no sequitur brings absolutely nothing to the table, and calling other commenters “ingrates” is right on par with the behavior about which you are complaining.

              • Sabes

                I apologize then, I should have used other terms then which I resorted to, it just seems that the forum where logical stuff should be circulating is litered with commentators here that are more concerned with being sarcastic in an attempt to be funny…

                • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

                  Some are; some aren’t. But I think you’ll find that anywhere online. It’s the nature of the Internet, for better or worse.

                • sabes

                  True, and unfortunately this site is flood with them.

                • Teix is the Man


                • sabes

                  I posted the first two comments as ‘sabes’. I’m not sure who the subsequent ‘Sabes’ and ‘sabes’ are. It’s nice to see imposters on this site, too.

                  Maybe force people to register their names so names aren’t hijacked? Just a suggestion.

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