Limited by injuries to his left foot and shoulder in college at Oregon, Heineman went in the 11th round in 2015 as a redshirt junior and missed his first pro summer after surgery on his foot. The younger brother of Diamondbacks catching prospect Tyler Heineman, he was the Rangers' 2018 Minor League player of the year after batting .306 with 12 homers and 18 steals, mostly in Triple-A. Expected to compete for a fourth outfielder job in Spring Training, he tore the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder during winter ball and will miss the first part of the 2019 season.
Heineman prompts Eric Byrnes comparisons because of his athleticism and energy. He offers steady if not spectacular offensive production, making consistent line-drive contract with a relatively flat right-handed stroke. His strength and bat speed give him raw power that he hasn't fully tapped into, and he runs the bases aggressively with solid speed.
Heineman has bounced between all three outfield spots throughout his career. He could fill in as a big league center fielder in small doses but his average range and arm work better on the corners. Though he lacks a carrying tool to become a starter in Texas, his ability to provide a little bit of everything could make him a useful reserve.
Texas Rangers optioned RF Scott Heineman to Nashville Sounds.
Texas Rangers reassigned RF Scott Heineman to the minor leagues.
Texas Rangers sent OF Scott Heineman on a rehab assignment to Nashville Sounds.
Texas Rangers sent RF Scott Heineman on a rehab assignment to AZL Rangers.
Texas Rangers sent RF Scott Heineman on a rehab assignment to Nashville Sounds.
Texas Rangers placed RF Scott Heineman on the 60-day injured list. Left shoulder surgery rehabilitation.
Texas Rangers selected the contract of RF Scott Heineman from Nashville Sounds.
Leones del Escogido placed OF Scott Heineman on the reserve list.
OF Scott Heineman assigned to Leones del Escogido.
Scott Heineman roster status changed by Round Rock Express.
Round Rock Express placed OF Scott Heineman on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 23, 2018.
Round Rock Express activated OF Scott Heineman.
OF Scott Heineman roster status changed by Round Rock Express.
LF Scott Heineman assigned to Round Rock Express from Frisco RoughRiders.
Texas Rangers invited non-roster OF Scott Heineman to spring training.
OF Scott Heineman assigned to Texas Rangers.
OF Scott Heineman assigned to Surprise Saguaros.
Scott Heineman assigned to High Desert Mavericks from AZL Rangers.
Scott Heineman roster status changed by AZL Rangers.