Full name is Nicholas James Heath…resides in Punta Gorda, Florida, during the offseason...Attended Northwestern State University (La.), where he set the school’s single-season record with 35 steals in 42 attempts (83.3 percent) in 2016…ranks third in NSU history with 75 stolen bases…during his senior season, led the team with 43 runs scored and recorded a career-high 27 RBI to earn All-Southland Conference Third Team honors...Graduated from Junction City High School (Kan.)...Mother, Kimberly, ran track at Kansas State University.
Played in 15 games, including four starts in center field, after making his big league debut as a pinch-runner on July 30 at Detroit...Recorded his first stolen base on Aug. 4 at Wrigley Field and advanced to third on the throw, but was left stranded to end a 5-4 loss...Made his first start on Aug. 6 vs. the Cubs and recorded an RBI double for his first hit, part of the Royals’ six-run third inning…recorded his second hit on Aug. 7 vs. Minnesota on an RBI single in the third inning, before leaving the game with a strained left hamstring...Placed on the Injured List on Aug. 8 and reinstated on Aug. 31, when he was optioned to the alternate site, before being recalled on Sept. 12...Recorded an RBI in three-straight games from Aug. 6-Sept. 12, including a bases-loaded walk vs. Pittsburgh on Sept. 13...Appeared in six of the Royals’ last seven games from Sept. 21-26, coming off the bench in each and had a sacrifice in his only plate appearance.
Opened the year at Northwest Arkansas (AA), but was promoted to Omaha (AAA) on July 27 and finished the season with the Storm Chasers…batted .255 (104-for-408) with 14 doubles, eight triples, eight homers and 72 runs scored between his two stops ... Led all minor league players with 60 stolen bases…his total was the highest by a Royals' minor league player since Terrance Gore swiped 68 bags with Lexington (A) in 2013 ... Stole 50 bases in 84 games with the Naturals, ranking second in the Texas League to teammate Khalil Lee (53)...also ranked tied for sixth in the league in triples (7) ... Following the All-Star break, batted .292 (38-for-130) with five doubles, three triples, six homers and 23 runs scored over his final 32 games with Northwest Arkansas (June 27- July 26) ... Recorded a career high four thefts on May 20 at Arkansas, which matched the franchise record held by Derrick Robinson (April 26, 2010 and Aug. 24, 2011) ... Collected his first multi-homer contest against the Travelers on July 2, hitting a pair of solo shots in Northwest Arkansas' 9-8 victory in 12 innings ... Had two stints on the Injured List, April 30-May 9 with Northwest Arkansas and Aug. 27-end of the year with Omaha.
Earned the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year award, which recognizes the top baserunner in the organization… led all Royals' farmhands with 39 steals, including 29 at Wilmington (A+), which ranked second in the Carolina League despite playing just 54 games there ... Opened the year at Wilmington, but was assigned to Northwest Arkansas on July 18, playing his final 36 contests at the Double-A level…batted a combined .274 (82-for-299) with 11 doubles, four triples, two homers and 59 runs scored in 90 games total ... Named to the Arizona Fall League Top Prospects Team, batting .338 (26-for-77) with a .427 on-base percentage, while leading the AFL in steals (13) and runs scored (21).
Ranked fifth among Royals farmhands with 25 steals, despite missing five weeks due to injury ... Opened the year with Lexington (A) and also played four games with Surprise (Rookie), before finishing the season at Wilmington…hit a combined .253 (62-for-245) with eight doubles and a homer in 66 games at his three stops.
With Idaho Falls (Rookie), led the Pioneer League with 36 stolen bases - 10 more than any other player - despite playing in just 62 games.