Missed this yesterday, but via Joel Sherman, the Yankees re-signed outfielder Slade Heathcott to a MiL deal yesterday. The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training. You'll remember that Heathcott was non-tendered in November to clear roster spots for upcoming moves. Apparently there wasn't much interest in Heathcott among the rest of MLB, as he sat out there for over a month before being re-signed. Once a top 5 prospect in the organization, Heathcott all but fell off the prospect map after playing in only 9 games last season before being shut down with another knee surgery. He's battled knee and shoulder problems since his pro career began, and has played in just 309 total games since being drafted in 2009.
Despite all the health problems and the removal from the 40-man roster, Heathcott is relatively young at 24 years old and could open the season in the Triple-A outfield thanks to the glut of other prospects expected to play in Double-A. That puts him close to a potential call up at some point, roster spot or no roster spot, if he can stay healthy. The chances of that are slim based on past history, but you never know. If he can stay on the field, maybe Heathcott can do enough to reignite some late prospect shine.