Ben Heath Is Ready for His Close-Up
Ben Heath didn’t do us any favors yesterday, rendering slightly out of date the profile we’re running on him in our next issue. But he does have a great reason: Heath, the junior catcher who last month broke Penn State’s single-season home run record, was chosen by the Houston Astros on Tuesday in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball draft. Heath’s selection is the highest for a Nittany Lion non-pitcher since Greg Vogel ’76 was picked in the first round 34 years ago, and the highest ever for a Penn State underclassman. With a year of eligibility remaining, Heath could postpone his pro career, but he told the Centre Daily Times that he expects to sign with the Astros soon and link up with their farm system. (The status of incoming recruits Kyle Redinger of Lebanon, Pa., and Austin Urban of Windber, Pa. — drafted yesterday in the 11th and 27th rounds, respectively — is unclear.)
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at our profile of Heath, already out the door as part of our July/August issue — click for a larger (and hopefully readable) image.
Ryan Jones, senior editor