Thursday, May 15, 2014

Heathcott & Billings Joined Trenton Today

The Thunder announced today that RHP Bruce Billings and OF Slade Heathcott have joined the Thunder and are expected to play in today's 10:35am game against the Erie SeaWolves. To make room for Heathcott on the Thunder's 25-man roster, OF Yeral Sanchez was transferred to Short Season-A Staten Island. Billings is joining the Thunder on an MLB Rehab Assignment and does not count towards the 25-man roster limit.

Billings is expected to start and pitch a few innings for the Thunder Thursday morning, and Slade Heathcott is projected to be the No. 2 hitter in Trenton's lineup.

Billings made his MLB debut for the Colorado Rockies in 2011 and has appeared in five Major League games including one this year with New York. On April 27, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained forearm. The right-hander has a career record of 62-46 with a 3.91 ERA in eight Minor League seasons after being drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 30th round of the 2007 Amateur Draft.

Heathcott played in 103 games for the Thunder last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He batted .261 with 8 HR, 49 RBI and 15 stolen bases while playing centerfield for the Thunder. Heathcott, a member of the Yankees 40-man Roster and #2 rated Yankees prospect according to Baseball America, has a .270 batting average in five Minor League seasons. He was the New York Yankees top pick (29th overall) of the 2009 Amateur Draft.

The Thunder and Erie SeaWolves conclude a three game series this morning at 10:35am. Listen live on WTSR 91.3FM or online at The Thunder will travel to Portland to face the Sea Dogs this weekend before returning home on Monday, May 19 to face the Harrisburg Senators in a four game set. All Thunder tickets are available by calling 609-394-3300 or online

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