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February 18, 2013
Coming up on spring training and the start of his minor-league career, former Arizona Wildcat Kurt Heyer stopped in Tucson to throw the first pitch on Opening Day.
GOAZCATS.com grabbed him before last Friday's game against Coppin State to reminisce on good times at Arizona with head coach Andy Lopez, and to look ahead to his first year as a professional. He also talked about what he worked on during the offseason and Arizona's new ace Konner Wade.
Wade and Heyer are actually somewhat similar. They both have some nasty off-speed pitches and use a lot of ball movement on the fastball. He anticipates Wade will fall into his footsteps just fine.
In his last season at Arizona, Heyer went 13-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 19 starts for the national champions. The junior pitched 153 innings and had 113 strikeouts against just 28 walks.
The St. Louis Cardinals organization drafted the right-hander in the sixth round as the 210th overall pick last June. Heyer played in the Cape Cod league for the Orleans Firebirds and had an adjusted ERA of 1.61 with an adjusted 103 strikeouts and 21 walks.
Heyer will report to Palm Beach, Fla., to start spring training March 4. His assignment has yet to be determined.