Heathcott did not receive an invitation to the Giants spring training, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Although it was initially reported that his minor league deal included an invitation to camp, that is incorrect, and the 26-year-old will start the year at Triple-A.
Heathcott agreed to a minor league deal with the Giants on Friday with a spring training invite, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. Heathcott spent most of 2016 at the Triple-A level, first with the White Sox and then with the Yankees. In his final stop of the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the 26-year-old outfielder slashed .230/.271/.363 in 97 plate appearances. While he will have a chance to prove himself at spring training, he will most likely begin 2017 in Triple-A.
Heathcott signed a minor league deal with the White Sox on Tuesday. Heathcott will join Triple-A Charlotte and will be placed on the DL with an unknown ailment. The 25-year-old struggled in the early portion of the season, slashing .218/.260/.287 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being released by the Yankees organization. The former first round pick figures to provide organizational depth in the outfield for the White Sox.
Heathcott was released by the Yankees on Thursday. A spot on the 40-man roster was needed for lefty Richard Bleier, and Heathcott was the casualty. The 29th overall pick in 2009, he fared well in a small sample with the Yankees last year (10-for-25 with two doubles and two homers), but limped out of the gates with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season before an injury forced him to the sidelines. Heathcott figures to have several teams interested in bringing him in on a minors deal.
Heathcott (undisclosed) was placed on the seven-day disabled list by Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Chad Jennings of LoHud.com reports. Heathcott seemed to be in line for a potential promotion to the MLB, but was sent to the disabled list instead. He's hitting for a .230/.271/.310 slash line in 23 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Jake Cave will take his spot in Triple-A.