Zachary Slade Heathcott…has a son, Kysen…graduated from Texas High School, where he was a third-team All-State selection and named first-team All-District as a senior…is on the board of the "IamMore Foundation," an organization with a mission focused on positive self image for children living with chronic illness or physical disabilities by building relationships and facilitating opportunities for them to be identified by their passion, rather than their affliction…was an AFLAC All-American selection as a left-handed pitcher in 2008, while also playing outfield at various events, including the Perfect Game National Showcase and the Area Code Games…in 2009, was ranked by Baseball America as the 72nd-best prospect (18th-best high school position player) in the draft…was also tabbed by the publication as the 10th-best prospect in the state of Texas.
Spent most of the season at Double-A Richmond where he hit .262 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 93 games…was moved up to Triple-A Sacramento July 31 and spent the remainder of the season with the River Cats, batting .290 with two home runs and eight RBI in 26 games…combined for a .267 batting average and a career-high 14 home runs in a career-high 119 games overall… also had career highs in runs (60), hits (111), walks (48), at bats (416) and strikeouts (110) and matched his best in doubles (22)…did not ground into a double play in 416 at bats…was named to the Eastern League Midseason All-Star team…combined with both clubs to hit .280 (88-for314) with 12 of his 14 home runs against right-handed pitching compared to .225 (23-for-102) against left-handers…hit nine of his 12 home runs with Richmond on the road but both of his Sacramento home runs came at home…batted .254 with runners in scoring position at Richmond and .385 at Sacramento for a .276 average with RISP overall…went 2-for-27 (.074) in the ninth inning…appeared in 98 games in center field and 12 in right field…had nine assists in 110 games overall in the outfield…also went 3-for-4 (.750) in one game as the designated hitter and was 2-for-8 (.250) with a double and two walks as a pinch hitter…saw most of his playing time with 88 games in the leadoff spot.
MINORS: Started the season at Richmond and hit safely in each of his first three games (7-for12, .583)…that included his first of eight three-hit games on April 8 against Hartford…then went 13-for-63 (.206) over his next 17 games from April 9 to May 2 to fall to .267…was 13-for-27 (.481) with five multiple hit games during a seven-game hitting streak from May 8 to 15, which boosted his average to .314…had his only two-steal game of the season May 8 against Altoona…then drove in a season high five runs the next day against the Curve…scored a run in eight straight games from May 31 through the first game of a June 10 doubleheader (nine runs total)…went 0-for-5 in stolen base attempts over a 34-game stretch from June 1 to July 17…had his first of two two-homer games June 7 at Binghamton…hit six of his 14 home runs over an 11-game stretch from May 25 to June 8…had a pair of triples June 9 at Altoona…hit his 12th home run of the season in his 69th game on June 30 at Reading…went homerless over his final 24 games with Richmond and his first 25 games with Sacramento…started in center field batting leadoff and played the entire game for the West in the Eastern League All-Star Game on July 12 at New Hampshire… went 1-for-4 with three strikeouts…hit safely in each of his final nine games with Richmond and his first with Sacramento for a season-best 10-game hitting streak overall from July 22 to Aug. 3 (12-for-38, .316)…collected 10 doubles in 24 games in July…was transferred to Sacramento July 31 and went 6-for-12 (.500) over his first four games…then hit .182 (8-for-44) over a 17-game stretch from Aug. 7 to 30…snapped a 49-game homerless streak with his second two-homer game of the season in the final game Sept. 4 against El Paso
Was limited to 64 games due to two stints on the disabled list and combined to hit .254 with four home runs and 21 RBI with three different teams in two organizations…added 31 walks and was hit by a pitch five times for a .355 on-base percentage…hit .258 against left-handed pitchers compared to .252 against right-handers…had a .255 average with runners in scoring position, including .120 with RISP and two outs…batted .261 when leading off an inning but had a .365 on-base percentage…appeared in 16 games in center field, 1 in right field and 11 in left field…also hit .275 in 19 games as the designated hitter…hit in every spot in the order except leadoff and saw his most action with 15 games batting third and 14 hitting cleanup…began the season with the Yankees Triple-A affiliate at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and hit .230 with seven RBI in 23 games…went 3-for-4 in the opener on April 7 against Rochester, his only three-hit game of the season…was batting .222 in 12 games when he was placed on the disabled list April 21 with a left forearm contusion…was reinstated April 29 and drove in two runs in both games of a doubleheader that day at Rochester…hit .238 in 11 games before returning to the DL a second time May 10…was released on May 26 and signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox organization June 13…was sent to the White Sox affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League June 25 to start a rehab assignment and went 8-for-25 (.320) with two home runs and 12 RBI in seven games… drove in a season-high five runs in his final game July 3 against the Giants…was reinstated from the DL July 5 and transferred to Triple-A Charlotte…batted .258 with two home runs and seven RBI in 34 games with the Knights…hit safely in each of his first three games after batting safely in each of his final five contests with the AZL White Sox for a season-best eight-game hitting streak overall (10-for-28, .357)…batted .394 over his final 11 contests.
Batted .400 (10-for-25) with 6R, 2 doubles, 2HR, 8RBI and 2BB in 17 games (four starts in CF and two starts in RF) over two stints with the Yankees (5/20-30 and 9/12-10/4)...Made his Major League debut on 5/20 at Washington, pinch-running for Mark Teixeira in the eighth and remaining in game in CF (did not bat)...was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' 25-man roster prior to the game... Made his first career start (in CF) and was 2-for-3 with 1R and 1 double in 5/22 loss vs. Texas...recorded his first Major League hit with a third-inning double (in his first career PA)...Hit two-run HR off Greg Holland-the first home run of his Major League career-in 5/25 win vs. Kansas City...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right quad strain on 5/30 (retroactive to 5/29)...was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on 6/28...in four combined rehab games (2-CF/1-LF/1-RF) with Single-A Charleston and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, hit .154 (2-for-13) with 1BB...was returned from rehab, reinstated from the 60-day D.L. and optioned to Scranton/WB on 7/31...Hit game-winning three-run HR with two outs in the ninth on 9/14 at Tampa Bay (entered game in the eighth in RF)...was his first AB with the Yankees since 5/27 vs. Kansas City...became the first Yankees rookie with a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later since Melky Cabrera hit an 11th-inning "walk-off" HR on 7/18/06 vs. Seattle...came in his seventh career Major League game...according to Elias, became the first Yankees player to hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth inning or later within his first 10 games in the Majors since Alfonso Soriano's "walk-off" HR on 9/24/99 vs. Tampa Bay (his sixth career game)...Made his first career start in RF-and his first start overall since 5/27 vs. Kansas City (in CF)-in 9/27 win vs. Chicago-AL, going 2-for-3 with 1R, 1RBI, 1BB and 1SF...reached base safely a career-high three times and recorded his first multi-hit game since 5/25 vs. Kansas City...Was on the Yankees' roster for the AL Wild Card Game loss vs. Houston, but did not play...In 64 games with Scranton/WB, hit .267 (67-for-251) with 25R, 7 doubles, 3 triples, 2HR and 27RBI (including rehab)... appeared at all three outfield positions...Appeared in three playoff games for the RailRiders, batting .385 (5-for-13) with 2R, 1 double, 1BB and 1SB...Attended spring training as a non-roster invitee, batting .333 (11-for-33) with 12R, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1HR and 7RBI in 23 games...earned the 2015 James P. Dawson Award, given annually to the most outstanding Yankees rookie in spring training.
Hit .182 (6-for-33) with 4R, 2 doubles and 1RBI in nine games with Double-A Trenton...Began the season on the minor league disabled list...was reinstated on 5/15, but placed back on the D.L. on 5/28...on 9/2, was reinstated from the minor league D.L., recalled and placed on the 60-day disabled list for the remainder of the season while recovering from right knee surgery.
Batted .261 (104-for-399) with 59R, 22 doubles, 8HR and 49RBI in 103 games with Double-A Trenton… batted .283 (28-for-99) with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 2HR and 38RBI with runners in scoring position... Following the season, was tabbed by Baseball America as the Yankees' second-best prospect and as having the organization's "Best Outfield Arm."... Attended spring training with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee, batting .200 (2-for-10) with 2R, 1RBI and 3BB in eight games... Was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster on 11/20/13.
Opened his season with the GCL Yankees, batting .235 (4-for-17) with 2 doubles and 2RBI in five games... Spent the remainder of the season with Single-A Tampa, hitting .307 (66-for-215) with 23 extra-base hits (16 doubles, 2 triples, 5HR) and 27RBI in 60 games... Following the season, played in 18 games with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League and hit .388 (26-for-67) with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 1HR and 15RBI… ranked second in the league in on-base percentage (.494) and slugging percentage (.612) and fourth in batting average… was named the AFL "Player of the Week" for 10/29-11/2 after going 6-for-9 (.667) with a league-high 3 triples, 13 total bases and 6RBI during the span.
Spent the majority of the season with Single-A Charleston, hitting .271 (57-for-210) with 11 doubles, 4 triples, 4HR and 16RBI in 52 games... Was named a South Atlantic League midseason All-Star… hit .370 (30-for-81) in 20 April contests, scoring a league-best 25R during the month... Was promoted to Single-A Tampa on 6/29, but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury after playing in just one game.
Appeared in 76 games with Single-A Charleston, batting .258 (77-for-298) with 16 doubles, 3 triples, 2HR and 30RBI in his first full season… hit .321 (36-for-112) with runners on base... Following the season, was tabbed by Baseball America as the ninth-best prospect and the "Best Defensive Outfielder" in the Yankees organization.
Made his professional debut, appearing in three games with the GCL Yankees and going 1-for-10... Following the season, was named the Yankees' fourth-best prospect by Baseball America.