Heathcott Brings Energy To Charleston

Due to an extended stay in spring training, Yankee fans have been kept guessing as to when and where Slade Heathcott would make his professional start. Those questions were answered Wednesday night in Charleston when Heathcott, the number one draft pick in 2009, took the field with the RiverDogs.

Slade Heathcott admits that he was a little disappointed that he remained in extended spring training rather being assigned to a team earlier in the season. He believes, however, that everything happens for a reason. In Tampa, the 19 year old was able to improve his game through many extra hours of hard work.

"Every little bit of work benefits you," Heathcott said. "While I was there I was just swinging and working on the mental side of my game."

The left-hander had a minor setback when he endured an injury to his left leg.

"I played through it and finally checked it out," he explained. "I had a tear in my left hamstring and had to sit out a month or so. It's not bothering me anymore and I feel 100 percent."

The Texarkana native, who was notified that he was being brought up to Charleston only three days ago, found himself in the leadoff slot with the RiverDogs in his debut on Wednesday.

Heathcott has only played in two games but he has already made contributions in both of the RiverDog victories. So far, he has had two hits and an RBI.

Even though he has experienced some success so far, there are still many things he would like to do to step up his hitting game.

"I would like to work on my plan at the plate, swing angle, keeping through the ball, and keeping my weight back," he said.

The only goal this focused player has set for himself is to go out everyday and just give it his best.

Manager Greg Colbrunn is excited about the new addition to the team.

"I got the chance to see him in spring training and I liked what I saw," he stated. "He brings a lot of energy to the field. I like what he does at the plate and out on the field. It will be exciting to see him develop over the next few months."

Understandably, Heathcott was a little nervous in his debut with the RiverDogs.

"I wasn't as comfortable as I should have been," he admitted.

But, as Heathcott probably discovered during his first game, driving in the game winning run is an excellent antidote for a case of the jitters.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nSlade Heathcott admits that he was a little disappointed that he remained in extended spring training rather being assigned to a team earlier in the season. He believes, however, that everything happens for a reason. In Tampa, the 19 year old was able to improve his game through many extra hours of hard work.
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\r\n\"Every little bit of work benefits you,\" Heathcott said. \"While I was there I was just swinging and working on the mental side of my game.\"
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\r\nThe left-hander had a minor setback when he endured an injury to his left leg.
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\r\n\"I played through it and finally checked it out,\" he explained. \"I had a tear in my left hamstring and had to sit out a month or so. It's not bothering me anymore and I feel 100 percent.\"
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\r\nThe Texarkana native, who was notified that he was being brought up to Charleston only three days ago, found himself in the leadoff slot with the RiverDogs in his debut on Wednesday.
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\r\nHeathcott has only played in two games but he has already made contributions in both of the RiverDog victories. So far, he has had two hits and an RBI.
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\r\nEven though he has experienced some success so far, there are still many things he would like to do to step up his hitting game.
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\r\n\"I would like to work on my plan at the plate, swing angle, keeping through the ball, and keeping my weight back,\" he said.
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\r\nThe only goal this focused player has set for himself is to go out everyday and just give it his best.
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\r\nManager Greg Colbrunn is excited about the new addition to the team.
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\r\n\"I got the chance to see him in spring training and I liked what I saw,\" he stated. \"He brings a lot of energy to the field. I like what he does at the plate and out on the field. It will be exciting to see him develop over the next few months.\"
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\r\nUnderstandably, Heathcott was a little nervous in his debut with the RiverDogs.
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\r\n\"I wasn't as comfortable as I should have been,\" he admitted.
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\r\nBut, as Heathcott probably discovered during his first game, driving in the game winning run is an excellent antidote for a case of the jitters.
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