Diamondbacks’ Sneaky Good Prospects

By Chuck Jackson
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#2 – Grant Heyman OF Hillsboro Hops

I will be the first to admit, I know a little about this kid outside of his affiliation with the Diamondbacks. He played his high school ball at Sutherland High School in Pittsford, NY, which is outside of Rochester, NY in western New York. The large majority of my family is from the area between Rochester and Syracuse (central NY). My people still tell me about all the good stuff that happens in those parts, and when Heyman was coming out of high school and was on the draft radar of most teams, I was heavily alerted.

It makes sense though, because he tore it up in high school to the tune of .389/.457/.662. In 2012, he was drafted in the 11th round by the Toronto Blue Jays but decided to attend the College of Southern Nevada instead. At the time he was drafted in 2014 by the Diamondbacks (8th round), he was committed to play for Oregon State (where Michael Conforto came from in the same draft). If the College of Southern Nevada rings a bell, it’s because that is where Bryce Harper went between leaving high school early and when he finally became eligible for the draft.

Heyman has size and range for a corner outfielder, standing 6’4″, weighing 220 lbs. He has hit a cool .294/.343/.400 in the Minors since signing with the Diamondbacks. He profiles to offer a high average, good on-base skills, solid fielding, and line drive power. Keep your eye on this 21-year-old.

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