Michael Joseph Heathcott
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 180 lb.
- School Creighton University
- High School Fenwick High School
- Debut August 28, 1998
- Final Game August 28, 1998
- Born May 16, 1969 in Chicago, IL USA
Pitcher Mike Heathcott played pro ball for a decade and appeared in just one big league game.
Born and raised in the Chicago area, Heathcott attended Creighton University, where he was coached by Jim Hendry and was a teammate of future major leaguers Alan Benes and Scott Stahoviak. In his senior season of 1991, he set a school record with 15 wins and played in the College World Series. Overall during his college career, he went 33-11 and holds the school record for wins. He was inducted into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006.
Following college, Heathcott was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 13th round of the 1991 amateur draft and signed by scout Mike Taylor. He made his pro debut that summer with the Utica Blue Sox, going 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in 6 starts. The following year, with the South Bend Blue Sox, he led the club with a 1.54 ERA while tying for the team-lead with 9 wins. Playing for the Sarasota White Sox in 1993, he recorded a team-high 11 victories.
Heathcott reached the AA level with the Birmingham Barons in 1996, and after starting the season with a 3-8 record, he won his last 8 decisions to end the year with 11 wins. Moved to the bullpen in 1997, he split that season between Birmingham and the Nashville Sounds. He spent most of the next year with the Calgary Cannons, going 9-6 with a 5.04 ERA for the team. He was called up to the majors by the Sox in late August and made his lone big league appearance on August 28th. Facing the Texas Rangers in the second game of a doubleheader, he put in 3 innings of relief work, giving up 1 earned run and striking out 3.
Back in the minors in 1999, Heathcott won 10 games with the Charlotte Knights. He became a free agent that winter and signed with the crosstown Chicago Cubs. After going 5-3 with a 5.62 ERA with the Iowa Cubs, he was traded to the Anaheim Angels in late July. After the deal, he made 3 appearances for the Edmonton Trappers, going 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA in what would be his final minor league stop.
As of 2006, Heathcott lived in Arizona and worked for Southwest Airlines.
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