Twitter Interview with Yankee Prospect Slade Heathcott

Slade Heathcott who was drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round in 2009 was kind enough to give me some time to answer some questions on twitter. The questions come from me and fishjam25.  Slade is one of the jewels in the Yankee system.   Thanks again to Slade for his time. If you would like to follow Slade on twitter his name is @SladeHeathcott

Baseball Reference has all his stats to date click the link to see what he has done so far as a Yankee prospect

1) How is your shoulder? What have you been doing for rehab and will you be 100 percent when Spring Training starts?

It’s feeling good, just taking it slow. I plan on being in games around May.

2) Do you work out in Tampa at Yanks facility in Winter or home (if home where do you currently reside?)

I pretty much live in Tampa now, I work out at complex and also with Speed Source in Tampa at powerhouse gym.

3) Critique yourself as a ballplayer…what are your strengths and weaknesses?

That’s a tough one I have a lot of weaknesses…a lot of things I need to mature on as a player.

4) Has the team told you if you will start in Extended Spring Training this year or right to playing for the Tampa Yankees?

It just depends on how the shoulder rehab goes, I’m not sure where I’ll start yet.

5) You have blinding speed and use it to play a great CF. What do you need to do to become more of a successful base stealer?

I’m not that fast I get good reads and good first steps which makes it seem like I’m faster, I need to work on my reaction.

6) When I saw you play in person, my first impression of you was (Brett Gardner with muscles). Do you think you are similar to Brett and what Major Leaguers do you pattern yourself after?

I don’t know if I can say I pattern myself after any big leaguers, Brett Gardner is a hell of a player.

He plays hard as hell every single day and that should be very respected.

7) Do you feel any pressure to produce to prove to people you are as good as any CF/OF in the organization?

No I don’t really feel pressure from the organization, more of my family and wanting to make them proud.

The Yankees know I’ll do everything possible and work hard to do everything possible. I also trust in my path.

8) I’m really excited to see what you can accomplish with a full year of 100% health – what are your goals for this season?

Just to stay healthy and have my ups and downs because thus what they are and not because of injures..

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Posted on January 31, 2012, in Interviews and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Kudos to you guys in getting a top prospect to do an interview with YFU.The site is moving in the right direction.
    Slade comes off as a humble kid,and respectng Gardner shows he is going to be a good teammate.
    Fish I was surprised he said he wasn’t that fast?When we saw him I THOUGHT HE was the fastest player on the field and I would pay to see him and Gardy in a race.
    Hope he can get healthy but fans tend to underestimate how difficult that can be for an elite athlete.
    Keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ballpark. thanks for your thoughts and stopping by. We are in the works with another interview with a Yankee Prospect keep checking back for that.

      BP I just hope he can stay healthy this year for a full season.

    • Whats up BP?

      He definitely comes across as humble and it appears his lifestyle turnaround is legit. for those that don’t know, he was out of control in his first yr with the Yanks, drinking and what not. But he credits religion to his transformation. His twitter page has several references to Bible passages. If that’s what it takes for him to better manage his life and become a great ballplayer, more power to him. It’s rare for a player his age to make that type of change.

      He definitely seemed like he was shot out of a cannon when we saw him play. I know the scout had him at 4.03 to 1st which is above avg MLB but not great. That was just 1 play though and he said he had heard faster times for him. He was right about his jumps and angles in CF….he seemed to be moving before the ball was even hit.

      I wish him luck and will root for him to stay healthy and put all his skills together. The best you can hope for him is that he has a chance to show all of his talents and doesn’t get sidetracked by injuries because you want to make it or not make it to the Show based on your play – not your injuries.

      • Fishjam…Do you remember, how many times I have mentioned their are only a very few players that get a true jump on the ball…Paul Blair, was one such OF. It always looked as though he was on his way before the ball was hit.
        This is good news for the Yankees, his combo of speed, route and jump on the ball is a god send for a fielder. Worth his weight in balls and bats. LOL
        Nice to see him clean up his act. Good for him and the Yankees, he is one guy to keep your eye on.

  2. I officially like this kid! He’s so humble…even though I agree with Ballpark that I would pay to see him and Brett Gardner race. :)

    • Delia…
      Your line;….I would pay to see him and Brett Gardner race. is right out of the old days.

      Every All-Star game, players and others would try to get a race between Mickey Mantle and Richie Ashburn (I think). Richie was known as the fastest guy in the NL. as was Mickey in the AL.

  3. Seen him plenty. Like he said great first jump in the field. Plus speed but reaction is what seems to help carry his speed. Quick over speed. And read about his old self amazing story and now has turned it around. Get to talk to him a lot after games

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