Heathcott bloomed late and really exploded the last few weeks but the Yankees were on him earlier than most clubs. The swine flu scare caused a suspension in the Texas HS season, so Heathcott was still playing in the playoffs during the week when ordinarily he might have been attending workouts -- meaning that the swine flu scare helped the Yankees.
Scouts were on Heathcott as a pitcher prior to the year. One scout even said "his future is on the mound, I think."
That's not a shock, then -- the Yanks are also linked to Mississippi prep two-way player David Renfroe.