2014 preseason 38th-best freshman in NCAA (Baseball America) 2014 preseason 12th-best freshman in SEC (Baseball America) 2012 USA Baseball National Team 18U
Outlook Slick-fielding middle infielder was a member of the USA 18U National Team in 2012 ... Has the ability to earn a starting spot in the UK infield ... A dynamic defender with a line-drive approach at the plate and an emerging offensive skill set ... Served as UK's opening day starter at second base ... Made nine consecutive starts at second base before filling in for three-year starter Matt Reida at shortstop for six consecutive games as Reida battled an injury ... Was the first player to start other than Reida at shortstop in 129 consecutive games ... Filled in heroically for Reida at shortstop in the SEC series opener at Alabama, with the team - including Heady and Reida - stricken with food poisoning before a doubleheader finale ... Was called on to replace Reida for a minor injury at No. 9 Louisville in midweek action, his final start of the year ... Was used as a late-inning defensive upgrade in the middle infield for the remainder of the year, including Reida moving to second base to accommodate his defensive prowess at shortstop ... Despite hitting .133 in his NCAA debut season, showed a patience at the plate and an ability to get on base, owning a .286 on-base percentage and a 12-21 walk-strikeout ratio in 60 at-bats.
Summer Played in four games for the Amsterdam Mohawks in the Perfect Game Collegiate League ... Hit .214 (3-for-14) with two RBI, two walks and one steal.
2014 Played in 30 games with 19 starts in his freshman season, serving as UK's primary middle-infield backup ... Hit .133 (8-for-60) with 15 runs, three doubles and 10 RBI ... Had a .286 on-base percentage with a 12-21 walk-strikeout ratio ... Played in nine SEC games, with two starts, batting 1-for-11 ... Made 11 starts at second base and eight at shortstop ... Hit No. 8 in the order twice and No. 9 17 times ... Was UK's opening-day starter at second base vs. No. 1 Virginia, going 1-for-2 with a double, walk and steal ... Started the following game at second base at UNC Wilmington, going 1-for-4 with an RBI ... Made 10 consecutive starts at second base to open his career ... With UK's three-year starting shortstop Matt Reida nursing an injury, made his next six starts at shortstop, becoming the first UK player to start at shortstop, not named Matt Reida, since 2011 ... Had an illness on Saturday at Alabama during a doubleheader, before coming off the bus to play shortstop in the second game of the twinbill, in relief of Reida, who was also struck with the illness ... Was used as a late-inning defensive replacement, pinch runner and pinch hitter for the remainder of the season.
High School Member of the USA Baseball 18-and-under national team after a rigorous tryout round that whittled the team down to a 20-man roster ... Coached on the 18U national team by Scott Brosius ... Played in the IBAF/AAA World Championship in Seoul, Korea, and traveled to play Chinese Taipei in Taichung, Taiwan ... The No. 3 overall prospect in the state, the No. 1 shortstop in the state ... Also ranked as the 88th-best recruit in the nation and the No. 13 shortstop by Perfect Game USA ... Before the 2013 MLB Draft, was ranked as the ninth-best prospect (including college and high school) available in the state, ahead of UK greats Jerad Grundy and J.T. Riddle ... Named 2013 Rawlings second-team All-American and first-team all-region ... Named honorable mention in 2011 and 2012 ... Tabbed first-team underclassmen All-America by Perfect Game ... Earned five varsity letters while attending North Oldham High School for coach Erik Phelps ...The 8th Region Player of the Year as a senior ... Helped lead team to back to back 8th region championships sophomore and junior years ... Broke single-season home run record at North Oldham with nine round trippers junior year ... Won a district championship as a senior ... Two-time all-state selection ... Selected all-region for three seasons ... Member of the all-district team all five seasons playing for North Oldham ... Batted .450 as a senior ... Played basketball his freshman year.
Personal Full name is Connor Joseph Heady ... Born July 3, 1994 in Louisville, Ky. ... Son of Lee Heady and Tricia Walker ... Has an older brother, Quint (20), and a younger sister, Makena (11).