Andrew Heid, Outfielder
"The kid plays at a hundred percent, a hundred percent of the time," is what we were told by a scout about Andrew Heid. The 2010 ninth rounder out of Gonzaga has his stock rising each day from scouts and coaches, which could make him a sure thing on a Major League bench soon.
He's just about ready to make the big club. His bat has improved and he has now become a hitter who can place the ball wherever he wants in the park. At 5'10 and 175 pounds, you aren't going to see much power from Heid, but he does hit the ball hard. Speed and aggression have declined slightly with age, which is expected, but he hasn't lost a step when it comes to speed in the outfield. His range is outstanding, and he could be a good fourth or fifth outfielder for any Major League team. Heid knows which pitches to swing at and which to not. His size is the only thing holding him back from being "a sure thing."
Like we said, power is down. Over four seasons, Heid has hit 21 balls over the fences, and nine of those coming in his first professional season with the Orem Owlz in 2010. Heid hits consistently in the .270 to .300 range, which is something you could hardly ever complain about.
This last season with Double-A Arkansas Travelers, Heid hit .288 with a .780 OPS. There's not much you can do to raise your stock after that... except hit .331 with a .943 OPS with Triple-A Salt Lake Bees. Heid did only play 45 games in Salt Lake in 2013, but it was enough to get people talking about him being the next bench outfielder for the big club.
EXPECTED IN THE FUTURE:
We've hinted at it enough, but... Heid should be a fourth or fifth outfielder for the Angels in the future. We doubt that Heid will be with the big club out of Spring Training or in 2014 at all, but we've been wrong before. We expect 2015 to be his "rookie" season when he is 27 as a utility outfielder to make spot starts.
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