Fresh out of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft, third baseman Luke Heyer has been a recent addition to the Great Lakes Loons lineup. While Heyer is still adjusting to his new surroundings, the prospect admits that he loves everything about his new team.
“I like Great Lakes a lot,” said Heyer. “I like the fans, stadium, and team. I know we struggle to get wins sometimes, but I like the guys I’m playing with and hopefully we can get on a roll soon.”
Heyer played his college ball at the University of Kentucky before the Los Angeles Dodgers took him in the eighth round of June’s amateur draft. After five games with the Dodgers’ rookie team in Ogden, Utah, Heyer moved up to Great Lakes, the Low-A affiliate of Los Angeles.
Whether the team wins or loses, Heyer has been giving it his all every night for his club. Currently maintaining a .260/.333/.365 slash line for the Loons; the prospect talks about his plate approach so far in pro ball. “It’s getting there,” explained Heyer. “I talked to a lot of new guys, and a lot of new coaches about things like that. I’m trying to mold myself to the pro game and I think it’s going well.”2018 draft pick and @Dodgers infielder prospect @lukeheyer2 talks to @crawdaddy222 about his adjustment to life as a pro, his plate approach, and his play at third base.Click To Tweet
Another aspect to his success at the plate is getting comfortable with his at-bats in pro ball. “There’s a lot of new guys and a lot of new arms, so I’m seeing things I’ve never seen before, so I’m trying to get comfortable at-bats out there,” stated Heyer. “That’s the biggest adjustment so far at the plate.”
But despite his comfort level at the plate, Heyer wants to be equally reliable at his position. “I think I’m getting better at third and I want to get better, as there’s always room to improve,” said Heyer. “I’m continuing to work hard at the basics every day and I’ll go from there.”
That hard work is showing, as Heyer is currently maintaining a .905 fielding percentage at the challenging position, but for Heyer it’s the quick-thinking, reflexive aspect of third base he likes the best. “I really like the reactionary aspect,” explained Heyer. “You have to make quick decisions and go after the ball.”
Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers will be following Luke Heyer’s progression this season and for years to come, as he continues to work hard in both phases of the game.