Yankees outfield prospect Slade Heathcott was at the center of a benches-clearing melee between Yankees and Red Sox affiliates at the start of a game Friday night in Greenville, S.C.
Heathcott, playing for Class A Charleston in the South Atlantic League, was struck by the second pitch of the game by starter Miguel Celestino of Greenville. As depicted on amateur video circulated on the Internet, Heathcott immediately turned and pushed Greenville catcher Christian Vazquez to the ground to ignite the incident, which quickly had both squads gathered behind home plate with several skirmishes, including punches thrown and a few kicks delivered as well.
Once peace was restored, Heathcott and RiverDogs reliever Kelvin Perez were ejected, along with Greenville's Vazquez and reliever Garret Rau. According to a Baseball America blog item on the incident, the two teams had exchanged heated words during their series in Charleston three weeks earlier.
Heathcott, ranked by MLB.com as the No. 8 prospect in the Yankees' system, was New York's first-round pick (29th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. A 20-year-old left-handed hitter recovering from shoulder surgery that sent him back to the lower Class A Charleston club to start the 2011 season, Heathcott is batting .312 with three homers, 11 doubles and 14 RBIs through his first 32 games for the RiverDogs.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.