The Yankees have agreed to terms with first-round pick and outfielder Slade Heathcott, Baseball America reports.
A two-way star in high school, Heathcott will play outfield in the professional ranks after signing with the Yankees for $2.2 million.
"I think once we get him done and get him in the system, we're looking
at a high-end athlete with really good tools," Yankees director of
amateur scouting Damon Oppenheimer told MLB.com. "He's a guy that's
really intense about the way he plays the game. He's an old-school guy in terms of the way he plays; he plays hard and
gets after it. You're talking about someone that has a chance to be
really pretty good."
Heathcott, 18, is a left-handed hitting outfielder from Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas, and the first position player drafted in the first round by the Yankees since 2005. He had committed to Louisiana State University, but had a scholarship offer withdrawn after it was believed he would sign with the Yankees.