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Ben Heller
Popularity: ↑ 15%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 210LBS | Age: 29

Draft: 2013 | Rd: 22, #651, Cleveland Indians | Olivet Nazarene
Poor Avg Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 0 0 3.00 6 0 0 6.0 6 1.17
4 Seasons 2 0 2.59 31 0 0 31.1 30 1.34
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 6 0-0 3.00 6.0 6 1.17
4 Seasons 31 2-0 2.59 31.1 30 1.34

Statcast Statistics

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2016 170 28 3 10.7 85.1 12.9 39.3 .294 .523 .453 .392 .420 32.1 15 10 6.43 7.21
2017 181 28 1 3.6 87.4 13.9 17.9 .210 .317 .214 .286 .291 28.6 20.9 14 0.82 3.52
2019 102 16 1 6.3 90.1 11.6 25 .239 .455 .308 .318 .459 43.8 32.1 10.7 1.23 4.57
2020 111 17 1 5.9 88.8 18.5 47.1 .259 .497 .364 .376 .429 35.3 22.2 7.4 3.00 6.37
564 89 6 6.7 87.4 14.1 31.5 .250 .441 .331 .341 .388 33.7 21.7 10.9
6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .243 .402 .318 .312 .362 35.1 21.8 8.3

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Heller relies on 3 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(51.4%) ,
Curveball
(36%) ,
Changeup
(12.6%) ,


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Pitch Tracking

Year Pitch Type # # RHB # LHB % MPH PA AB H 1B 2B 3B HR SO BBE BA XBA SLG XSLG WOBA XWOBA EV LA Spin Whiff% PutAway%
2020 4-Seam Fastball 57 17 40 51.4 93.3 17 13 4 2 1 0 1 0 13 .308 .358 .615 .562 .461 .467 90.3 25 2412 3.4 0.0
2020 Curveball 40 27 13 36.0 81.3 8 8 1 0 0 0 1 4 4 .125 .162 .500 .516 .248 .276 84.1 -3 2514 60.0 26.7
2020 Changeup 14 0 14 12.6 85.6 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 1548 60.0 50.0
2019 Sinker 50 28 22 49.0 93.1 13 10 2 2 0 0 0 1 10 .200 .276 .200 .451 .260 .369 86.5 17 2405 7.1 50.0
2019 Slider 43 36 7 42.2 83.2 10 10 3 1 1 0 1 6 4 .300 .226 .700 .556 .403 .316 97.9 8 2393 50.0 46.2
2019 Changeup 8 0 8 7.8 84.9 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 .333 .237 .333 .285 .290 .228 66.6 -17 1473 40.0 100.0
2019 Curveball 1 1 0 1.0 81.0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 2413 100.0 100.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2020 Curveball NYY R 40 81.3 41.5 -5.1 -11 12.7 1.5 13
2020 Changeup NYY R 14 85.6 31.7 -1.7 -5 15.7 1.7 12
2020 4-Seamer NYY R 57 93.3 18.8 -2.8 -17 16.7 8.5 104
2019 Sinker NYY R 50 93.1 20.5 -2 -9 17.7 2.7 18
2019 Slider NYY R 43 83.2 41.9 2.5 6 9.9 1.7 21
2019 Changeup NYY R 8 84.9 33.7 2.1 7 16 1.8 13
2019 Curveball NYY R 1 81 49.3 0.4 1 16.9 5.8 52
2017 Curveball NYY R 60 82.7 45 0.4 1 2.7 -6.2 -70
2017 Changeup NYY R 28 85 32.9 2.5 8 15.6 1.6 11
2017 4-Seamer NYY R 93 94.8 17 -2.7 -19 18.4 9.7 112
2016 Changeup NYY R 16 85.2 31.5 2 7 14.3 0.8 6
2016 4-Seamer NYY R 92 96.2 14.4 -1.5 -12 18.4 9 96
2016 Curveball NYY R 58 83.4 43.3 -1.3 -3 3 -4.9 -62
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2020 Changeup -2.3 0 14 12.6 2 0 0 0 60 100 50 0
2020 Curveball -1.4 -1 40 36 8 0.125 0.5 .25 60 50 26.7 0.162 0.516 0.276 25
2020 4-Seamer 0.9 0 57 51.4 17 0.308 0.615 .462 3.4 0 0 0.358 0.562 0.464 38.5
2019 Curveball -38.4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 100 100 100 0
2019 Changeup -1.7 0 8 7.8 3 0.333 0.333 .3 40 33.3 100 0.237 0.285 0.228 0
2019 Slider 0.3 0 43 42.2 10 0.3 0.7 .415 50 60 46.2 0.226 0.556 0.316 50
2019 Sinker -3.4 -2 50 49 13 0.2 0.2 .267 7.1 7.7 50 0.276 0.451 0.37 50
2017 Changeup -5.1 -1 28 15.5 7 0 0 0 53.3 28.6 25 0.205 0.32 0.223 40
2017 Curveball -1.8 -1 60 33.1 11 0.111 0.111 .145 60.9 36.4 21.1 0.232 0.412 0.287 16.7
2017 4-Seamer -0.8 -1 93 51.4 25 0.2 0.3 .312 21.4 12 12 0.201 0.273 0.306 29.4
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2020 Changeup 14 85.6 99 17.2 2:15 2:30 -15
2020 Curveball 40 81.3 46 13.6 7:45 8:45 -60
2020 4-Seam Fastball 57 93.3 97 21.1 2:00 1:45 15
! Note: This table is showing data from the PITCHER perspective.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2016 39 166 3 1 0 1 6
2017 43 181 -3 -3 2 1 -3
2019 27 102 -1 -1 0 0 -2
2020 27 111 0 -2 1 1 0
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2016 170 43.5 64.9 87.5 29.2 71.4 37.1 57.5 44.7 17.1 9.4 68.8
2017 181 47 64.7 70.9 26 40 39.2 60.5 44.2 38.8 7.2 53.8
2019 102 36.3 48.6 83.3 33.8 40.9 31.4 46.4 39.2 35 5.9 50
2020 111 43.2 62.5 90 30.2 47.4 39.6 59.3 44.1 26.5 5.4 50
564 43.3 61.9 81.5 29.4 51.1 37.2 56.5 43.4 29 7.3 58.5
48.4 66.6 82.2 28.4 59 42.6 60.6 46.9 24.3 7.2 75.7

Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel %
2016 42.9 21.4 28.6 7.1 35.7 35.7 28.6 3.6 35.7 17.9 17.9 14.3 10.7
2017 50 32.1 10.7 7.1 32.1 39.3 28.6 0 39.3 28.6 21.4 7.1 3.6
2019 50 31.3 12.5 6.3 56.3 37.5 6.3 12.5 25 25 18.8 12.5 6.3
2020 29.4 23.5 35.3 11.8 35.3 29.4 35.3 0 23.5 29.4 29.4 11.8 5.9
43.8 27 21.3 7.9 38.2 36 25.8 3.4 32.6 24.7 21.3 11.2 6.7
45.3 22 25.7 7.1 36.6 37.9 25.5 3.5 33.5 24.3 24.5 5.6 6.4

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV HardHit% K% BB% Whiff% xERA FB Velo FB Spin CB Spin
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 22.9 1 1.5 -1 0 1 1 100
2020 23 2 1.8 0 0 2 0 0

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 2
2020 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights and distances, but does not attempt to adjust for environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2015 2016 +/-   2017 +/-   2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 96.2 -1.4 93.1 93.3 0.2
Offspeed Velocity 85.2 -0.2 84.9 85.6 0.7
Breaking Velocity 83.4 -0.7 83.1 81.3 -1.8
Exit Velocity 85.1 2.3 90.1 88.8 -1.3
Launch Angle 12.9 1 11.6 18.5 6.9
Barrel % 10.7 -7.1 6.3 5.9 -0.4
Hard Hit % 32.1 -3.5 43.8 35.3 -8.5
Sweet Spot % 39.3 -21.4 25 47.1 22.1
xBA 0.294 -0.084 0.239 0.259 0.02
BA 0.324 -0.185 0.25 0.217 -0.033
xwOBA 0.392 -0.106 0.318 0.376 0.058
wOBA 0.453 -0.239 0.308 0.364 0.056
xSLG 0.523 -0.206 0.455 0.497 0.042
SLG 0.676 -0.482 0.417 0.522 0.105
K% 15 5.9 32.1 22.2 -9.9
BB% 10 4 10.7 7.4 -3.3
Swing % 44.7 -0.5 39.2 44.1 4.9
Whiff% 17.1 21.7 35 26.5 -8.5
In Zone Swing % 43.5 3.5 36.3 43.2 6.9
Out of Zone Swing % 56.5 -3.5 63.7 56.8 -6.9
First Pitch Swing % 25 -8.7 21.4 25.9 4.5
First Pitch Strike % 57.5 3 46.4 59.3 12.9
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Statcast Shift Statistics

vs RHHvs LHH
YearPAwOBAPAShifts%PAShifts%
2016 40 .453 21 1 4.8 19 9 47.4
2017 43 .214 21 0 0.0 22 11 50.0
2019 27 .308 16 6 37.5 11 9 81.8
2020 27 .364 12 3 25.0 15 6 40.0

Pitch Distribution