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Heathcott Learning On The Fly

TRENTON, NJ - A first round draft pick of the Yankees in 2009, the athleticism and raw talent has always been there for Slade Heathcott wherever he goes. At the same time, the injury bug has bitten him often in his young career. With a pair of shoulder surgeries and patellar tendonitis while at Spring Training in March, the challenge has been playing time for the Trenton Thunder centerfielder.

"Slade is a tremendous athlete, tremendously hard on himself, and he wants to do very well," hitting coach Justin Turner said. "At-bat wise, he's still behind. He has missed a lot of time due to injuries, and he's kind of learning on the fly in Double-A. And it's not an easy transition from single-A ball to Double-A ball." Despite having his Spring Training experience cut short, he enjoyed...

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