Heathcott Staying Short

TAMPA, FL - Slade Heathcott, last year's first round pick, is experiencing his first Spring Training. While he's building up his strength, he says the biggest plan this Spring is to stay short in his swing and continue his center-to-opposite field approach.

"It's good," Slade Heathcott said of his first camp. "It's a lot different, we're working a lot. You definitely realize the business aspect of baseball, not just playing for fun anymore.

"It's kind of a business now but it's still a lot of fun. Every one of us is out here living every kid's dream of playing baseball everyday so there's nothing to complain about."

Apparently dealing with a sore knee when he initially signed with the Yankees, Heathcott has been showing a bit more spring in his step than he had during Instructs this past offseason.

"I do, I feel a little bit better," said Heathcott, who has a stolen base in each of his last three games. "I'm still regaining my strength back and all that but it feels good. It's getting better but I still think there's more work I can do to it."

While building up his overall strength is near the top of his priority list in camp, he says his biggest goal is to develop that consistent approach of staying short in his swing.

"Just staying short," he said of his main objective. "In high school you could get away with a lot more than you can here. It's a little bit faster paced game so I'm trying to stay short and stay through the ball."

Not only spraying liners from center to left field during batting practice each game, Heathcott is doing that during the games too, and he did it as recently as Monday when he hit a hard line-drive single to left field.

"I like to stay with that approach," he admitted. "I think I have quick enough hands that I can get around on an inside pitch. It's just having the confidence in yourself to do it."

With less than two weeks in camp left before he begins his first full season at the professional level, Heathcott wants to keep his plan as basic as possible.

"[Show] a lot of plate discipline, stay through the ball, and play hard," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It's good,\" Slade Heathcott said of his first camp. \"It's a lot different, we're working a lot. You definitely realize the business aspect of baseball, not just playing for fun anymore.
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\r\n\"It's kind of a business now but it's still a lot of fun. Every one of us is out here living every kid's dream of playing baseball everyday so there's nothing to complain about.\"
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\r\nApparently dealing with a sore knee when he initially signed with the Yankees, Heathcott has been showing a bit more spring in his step than he had during Instructs this past offseason.
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\r\n\"I do, I feel a little bit better,\" said Heathcott, who has a stolen base in each of his last three games. \"I'm still regaining my strength back and all that but it feels good. It's getting better but I still think there's more work I can do to it.\"
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\r\nWhile building up his overall strength is near the top of his priority list in camp, he says his biggest goal is to develop that consistent approach of staying short in his swing.
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\r\n\"Just staying short,\" he said of his main objective. \"In high school you could get away with a lot more than you can here. It's a little bit faster paced game so I'm trying to stay short and stay through the ball.\"
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\r\nNot only spraying liners from center to left field during batting practice each game, Heathcott is doing that during the games too, and he did it as recently as Monday when he hit a hard line-drive single to left field.
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\r\n\"I like to stay with that approach,\" he admitted. \"I think I have quick enough hands that I can get around on an inside pitch. It's just having the confidence in yourself to do it.\"
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\r\nWith less than two weeks in camp left before he begins his first full season at the professional level, Heathcott wants to keep his plan as basic as possible.
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\r\n\"[Show] a lot of plate discipline, stay through the ball, and play hard,\" he concluded.
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