Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Nick Heath wants to make his mark in MLB.
So far during the 2021 season he’s bounced around from the minors to the majors. But on June 23, the Diamondbacks recalled Heath from the Triple-A Reno Aces, and he now has another opportunity to stay on the team throughout the remainder of the season.
Heath started the season on the big league roster and made his debut with the team on April 18.
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) April 18, 2021
Heath went 3-for-4 at the plate, impressing many people with his performance, and giving Diamondbacks’ fans a lot to smile about.
Now that’s the performance you want to have in your first game with a new team. After that impressive performance, Heath struggled at the plate. He went hitless over his next six games and finished April with a .190 batting average.
Heath was sent back to the minors in May, but he wasn’t there for long. When the Diamondbacks recalled Heath in June, they designated pitcher Stefan Crichton for assignment.
Through 18 games this season, Heath is batting .156 with five hits and an RBI. Before he was recalled back to the team, his last appearance for the Diamondbacks was on May 16 against the Washington Nationals. He went 0-for-1 with a strikeout.
Diamondbacks’ manager Torey Lovullo knows that Heath is a talented young player and has the potential to make an impact on the team.
“Nick’s gonna obviously get some opportunities, get a couple at-bats,” Lovullo told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.” “He’s a good player, he’s a good baseball player and he’s helped us win some baseball games earlier this year.”
“Anytime you get a young player up here to help you win some baseball games you’ve got to be excited about that. I’m not sure what type of rotation will be there yet.”
Heath has had his share of success during his time in the minors and that’s a big reason why he’s back on the roster for the Diamondbacks.
He’s posted a .297 batting average with two home runs and 11 RBI in the minors this year.
This brother can play at the highest level and he has the potential to have success. All he needs to do is make the most of his opportunities and now he’s getting another chance to do that.
No way did Nick Heath just make this play! WOW! pic.twitter.com/ZmuijHJ3Dv
— Bally Sports Arizona (@BALLYSPORTSAZ) April 25, 2021
The 27-year-old has not recorded a hit since his return to the team in June. He’s only made five appearances since coming back to the team and has had one appearance at the plate.
One thing you always have to do in this sport and in any sport is stay ready, because you never know when that opportunity is going to come.
For Heath, that is exactly what he’ll have to do. Whether he’s coming in for a pinch-hitter role or if he’ll start a game, he has to be ready to perform at the highest level.
And Heath has the potential to do just that. He can make an impact at the plate and in the field. The Diamondbacks have a hidden gem on their hands with Heath and his time will come.