Ben Heller
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 3" 210LBS | Age: 32
Draft: 2013 | Rd: 22, #651, Cleveland Indians | Olivet Nazarene
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 0 1.23 6 0 0 7.1 9 1.23
2020 0 0 3.00 6 0 0 6 6 1.17
2023 0 0 3.86 19 0 0 18.2 16 1.45
5 Seasons 2 0 3.06 50 0 0 50 46 1.38
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 6 0-0 1.23 7.1 9 1.23
2020 6 0-0 3.00 6 6 1.17
2023 19 0-0 3.86 18.2 16 1.45
5 Seasons 50 2-0 3.06 50 46 1.38
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2016 24 170 28 3 10.7 7.5 85.1 109.8 12.9 39.3 .293 .522 .453 .391 .420 32.1 15.0 10.0 6.43 6.91
2017 25 181 28 1 3.6 2.3 87.4 109.7 13.9 17.9 .209 .317 .214 .286 .291 28.6 20.9 14.0 0.82 3.47
2019 27 102 16 1 6.3 3.6 90.1 108.1 11.6 25.0 .239 .455 .308 .318 .459 43.8 32.1 10.7 1.23 4.47
2020 28 111 17 1 5.9 3.7 88.8 107.5 18.5 47.1 .259 .497 .364 .376 .429 35.3 22.2 7.4 3.00 6.32
2023 31 308 53 3 5.7 3.7 89.2 112.0 9.2 35.8 .234 .369 .323 .330 .339 50.9 19.5 13.4 3.86 4.62
Player 872 142 9 6.3 4.1 88.1 112.0 12.3 33.1 .244 .414 .328 .337 .369 40.1 20.9 11.8
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .316 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Heller relies on 5 pitches.
Sinker
(44.5%) ,
Cutter
(29.2%) ,
Sweeper
(13.3%) ,
Changeup
(12.7%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(0.3%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
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 7.5
2017 50.0 32.1 10.7 7.1 32.1 39.3 28.6 0.0 39.3 28.6 21.4 7.1 3.6 2.3
2019 50.0 31.3 12.5 6.3 56.3 37.5 6.3 12.5 25.0 25.0 18.8 12.5 6.3 3.6
2020 29.4 29.4 29.4 11.8 35.3 29.4 35.3 0.0 23.5 29.4 29.4 11.8 5.9 3.7
2023 50.9 26.4 18.9 3.8 22.6 47.2 30.2 3.8 37.7 26.4 20.8 5.7 5.7 3.7
Player 46.5 27.5 19.7 6.3 32.4 40.1 27.5 3.5 34.5 25.4 21.1 9.2 6.3 4.1
MLB 44.7 23.4 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

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
2023 Sinker ATL R 137 94.9 25.2 2.8 13 17.5 2.1 14
2023 Changeup ATL R 39 84.4 34.9 1.6 5 14.1 -0.1 -1
2023 Sweeper ATL R 41 78.4 45.7 1.8 4 15.4 -0.6 -4
2023 Cutter ATL R 90 89.4 27.0 -0.6 -2 1.6 -3.9 -174
2023 4-Seamer ATL R 1 95.6 15.8 -1.1 -8 13.1 4.4 51
2020 Changeup NYY R 14 85.6 31.7 -1.7 -5 15.7 1.8 13
2020 Sweeper NYY R 40 81.3 41.5 0.1 0 12.7 -3.0 -19
2020 4-Seamer NYY R 57 93.3 18.8 -2.8 -17 16.7 8.4 102
2019 4-Seamer NYY R 50 93.1 20.5 -4.1 -25 17.7 9.6 119
2019 Slider NYY R 4 83.3 39.5 0.0 0 2.5 -4.5 -65
2019 Sweeper NYY R 40 83.1 42.3 3.1 8 10.8 -4.1 -28
2019 Changeup NYY R 8 84.9 33.7 2.2 7 16.0 1.8 13
2017 4-Seamer NYY R 93 94.8 17.0 -2.8 -19 18.4 9.7 111
2017 Slider NYY R 59 82.7 45.1 6.7 18 2.9 -2.6 -47
2017 Changeup NYY R 29 85.0 33.1 2.7 9 15.5 1.4 10
2016 Slider NYY R 58 83.4 43.3 6.9 19 6.5 0.9 17
2016 4-Seamer NYY R 92 96.2 14.4 -1.8 -14 16.5 9.0 119
2016 Changeup NYY R 16 85.2 31.5 2.5 9 12.5 -0.1 -1
! 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 %
2023 Sinker 1.1 2 137 44.5 35 .258 .387 .327 14.3 8.6 11.5 .277 .436 .355 60.7
2023 Cutter 3.2 3 90 29.2 18 .214 .214 .306 24.4 0.0 0.0 .253 .361 .361 28.6
2023 Sweeper 5.0 2 41 13.3 17 .000 .000 .176 78.6 64.7 35.5 .037 .077 .163 33.3
2023 Changeup -12.1 -5 39 12.7 12 .500 1.000 .642 32.0 16.7 9.1 .349 .580 .445 62.5
2023 4-Seamer 0.0 0 1 0.3 -- -- -- 0.0 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2020 4-Seamer -0.8 0 57 51.4 17 .308 .615 .462 3.4 0.0 0.0 .358 .562 .464 38.5
2020 Sweeper 1.3 1 40 36.0 8 .125 .500 .250 60.0 50.0 26.7 .162 .516 .276 25.0
2020 Changeup 2.4 0 14 12.6 2 .000 .000 .000 60.0 100.0 50.0 -- -- .000 --
2019 4-Seamer 3.5 2 50 49.0 13 .200 .200 .267 7.1 7.7 50.0 .276 .451 .370 50.0
2019 Sweeper 0.7 0 40 39.2 11 .273 .636 .377 55.0 63.6 50.0 .206 .506 .287 50.0
2019 Changeup 1.7 0 8 7.8 3 .333 .333 .300 40.0 33.3 100.0 .237 .285 .228 0.0
2019 Slider -0.4 0 4 3.9 -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 4-Seamer 0.9 1 93 51.4 25 .200 .300 .312 21.4 12.0 12.0 .201 .273 .306 29.4
2017 Slider 1.9 1 59 32.6 11 .111 .111 .145 60.9 36.4 21.1 .232 .411 .286 16.7
2017 Changeup 1.8 1 29 16.0 7 .000 .000 .129 53.3 28.6 25.0 .205 .320 .223 40.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2023 Changeup 38 84.4 97 15.2 2:30 2:45 -15
2023 Cutter 90 89.4 44 6.4 1:30 12:30 60
2023 Sinker 137 94.9 97 18.9 2:15 2:30 -15
2023 Sweeper 41 78.4 59 16.5 8:00 8:45 -45
2020 Changeup 14 85.6 99 17.2 2:15 2:30 -15
2020 4-Seam Fastball 57 93.3 97 21.1 2:00 1:45 15
2020 Sweeper 40 81.3 46 13.6 7:45 8:45 -60
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2016 39 166 -3 -1 -1 -1 -6
2017 43 181 3 2 -2 -1 2
2019 27 102 1 1 0 0 2
2020 27 111 1 2 -1 -1 0
2023 82 308 2 3 -1 -2 2
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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 47.0 64.7 70.9 26.0 40.0 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 48.1 39.2 35.0 5.9 50.0
2020 111 43.2 62.5 90.0 30.2 47.4 39.6 59.3 44.1 26.5 5.4 50.0
2023 308 48.9 61.6 86.0 30.4 47.9 41.7 63.4 45.8 27.0 4.5 71.4
Player 872 45.2 61.8 83.2 29.7 50.0 38.8 59.4 44.3 28.2 6.3 61.8
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2016 91 91 45
2017 77 89 68
2019 47 83 50
2020 50 83 63
2023 66 36 37
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2016 22.8 3 4.9 -2 1 4 2 66.7
2019 22.9 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 100.0
2020 23.0 2 1.7 0 0 2 0 0.0
2023 23.5 2 1.5 1 1 2 0 0.0
Player 23.0 8 9.1 -1 2 8 3 37.5

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2016 3 6 2 4 5 3 6 4 5 3 6 3 5 6 5 5 3 3 6 6 6 5 6 6 3 4 6 6 6 6 6
2019 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2020 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2 1
2023 2 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 0 1 2 1 2 2 2 3 1 2 2 2 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 2 2 1
Player 8 11 5 8 9 7 11 7 8 5 9 8 9 11 10 10 9 7 11 11 11 9 11 12 6 7 9 10 11 11 9
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and 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 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 -- 1.0 -- -- 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 -- -- 25.0 -- 47.1 22.1
xBA .293 -- -0.084 -- -- .239 -- .259 0.020
BA .324 -- -0.185 -- -- .250 -- .217 -0.033
xwOBA .391 -- -0.105 -- -- .318 -- .376 0.058
wOBA .453 -- -0.239 -- -- .308 -- .364 0.056
xSLG .522 -- -0.205 -- -- .455 -- .497 0.042
SLG .676 -- -0.482 -- -- .417 -- .522 0.105
K% 15.0 -- 5.9 -- -- 32.1 -- 22.2 -9.9
BB% 10.0 -- 4.0 -- -- 10.7 -- 7.4 -3.3
Swing % 44.7 -- -0.5 -- -- 39.2 -- 44.1 4.9
Whiff% 17.1 -- 21.7 -- -- 35.0 -- 26.5 -8.5
In Zone % 43.5 -- 3.5 -- -- 36.3 -- 43.2 6.9
Out of Zone % 56.5 -- -3.5 -- -- 63.7 -- 56.8 -6.9
Out of Zone Swing % 29.2 -- -3.2 -- -- 33.8 -- 30.2 -3.6
First Pitch Swing % 25.0 -- -8.7 -- -- 22.2 -- 25.9 3.7
First Pitch Strike % 57.5 -- 3.0 -- -- 48.1 -- 59.3 11.2
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2016 Shifts 39 .453 21 1 4.8 18 13 72.2
2017 Shifts 43 .214 21 0 0.0 22 15 68.2
2019 Shifts 27 .308 16 6 37.5 11 9 81.8
2020 Shifts 27 .364 12 3 25.0 15 7 46.7
2023 Shades 82 .323 45 23 51.1 37 18 48.6
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

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