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Ben Heller

Ben Heller

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 205 | Age: 28
Draft: 2013 (Rd: 22, #651, Cleveland Indians) - Olivet Nazarene
Milwaukee, WI USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 0 1.23 6 0 0 7.1 9 1.23
3 Seasons 2 0 2.49 25 0 0 25.1 24 1.38
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 6 0-0 1.23 7.1 9 1.23
3 Seasons 25 2-0 2.49 25.1 24 1.38

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2016 NYY AL 40 1 0 6.43 10 0 0 7.0 11 5 5 3 4 6 2.14
2017 NYY AL 43 1 0 0.82 9 0 0 11.0 5 1 1 0 6 9 1.00
2019 NYY AL 28 0 0 1.23 6 0 0 7.1 6 1 1 1 3 9 1.23
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45

A $2,500 senior sign by the Indians as a 22nd-rounder from Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) in 2013, Heller saw his velocity take off after making some mechanical adjustments and moving to the bullpen. He reached Triple-A early in the 2016 season, then went to the Yankees along with Top 100 Prospects Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield along with fellow righty reliever J.P. Feyereisen in the Andrew Miller trade that July. Heller made his big league debut a month later and resurfaced in New York for three separate stints in 2017, but he'll miss all of 2018 after having Tommy John surgery in April.

Heller had a 91-94 mph fastball as a college starter but now works at 94-97 mph and reaches triple digits. He has a high spin rate on his heater, which helps create late life that makes it more difficult to hit. His 82-85 mph slider can be a plus pitch with depth when he stays on top of it or gets slurvy when he doesn't.

Heller also will mix in a decent changeup against left-handers. If he can improve his slider and his command, he could serve the Yankees as a seventh-inning reliever. He has overthrown at times in the Majors, running into problems with walks and getting hit hard when he leaves his pitches too high in the strike zone.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2016 170 28 3 10.7 85.1 12.9 .289 .524 .453 .391 .419 32.1 15.0 10.0
2017 181 28 1 3.6 87.4 13.9 .209 .323 .214 .286 .291 28.6 20.9 14.0
2019 102 16 1 6.3 86.9 10.1 .233 .439 .308 .310 .445 43.8 32.1 10.7
ALL 453 72 5 6.9 86.4 12.7 .244 .425 .323 .330 .374 33.3 21.6 11.7
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
10/18/2019 New York Yankees activated RHP Ben Heller.
10/04/2019 New York Yankees reassigned RHP Ben Heller to the minor leagues.
09/10/2019 New York Yankees activated RHP Ben Heller from the 60-day injured list.
08/17/2019 New York Yankees sent RHP Ben Heller on a rehab assignment to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
06/30/2019 New York Yankees sent RHP Ben Heller on a rehab assignment to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
06/23/2019 New York Yankees sent RHP Ben Heller on a rehab assignment to Tampa Tarpons.
04/04/2019 New York Yankees transferred RHP Ben Heller from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Right elbow UCL surgery recovery.
03/28/2019 New York Yankees placed RHP Ben Heller on the 10-day injured list retroactive to March 25, 2019. Right elbow UCL surgery recovery.
11/01/2018 New York Yankees activated RHP Ben Heller from the 60-day injured list.
04/03/2018 New York Yankees transferred RHP Ben Heller from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Right elbow bone spur.
04/02/2018 New York Yankees placed RHP Ben Heller on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to March 27, 2018. Right elbow bone spur.
03/21/2018 New York Yankees optioned RHP Ben Heller to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
10/22/2017 New York Yankees activated RHP Ben Heller.
10/03/2017 New York Yankees reassigned RHP Ben Heller to the minor leagues.
09/01/2017 New York Yankees recalled RHP Ben Heller from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
07/16/2017 New York Yankees optioned RHP Ben Heller to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
07/08/2017 New York Yankees recalled Ben Heller from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
06/14/2017 New York Yankees optioned RHP Ben Heller to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
06/12/2017 New York Yankees recalled Ben Heller from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
03/31/2017 New York Yankees optioned RHP Ben Heller to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
08/23/2016 New York Yankees recalled Ben Heller from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
08/13/2016 New York Yankees optioned RHP Ben Heller to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
08/11/2016 New York Yankees selected the contract of Ben Heller from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
08/01/2016 RHP Ben Heller assigned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
07/31/2016 New York Yankees traded LHP Andrew Miller to Cleveland Indians for RHP Ben Heller, CF Clint Frazier, RHP J.P. Feyereisen and LHP Justus Sheffield.
05/21/2016 RHP Ben Heller assigned to Columbus Clippers from Akron RubberDucks.
03/12/2016 RHP Ben Heller assigned to Cleveland Indians.
03/06/2016 RHP Ben Heller assigned to Cleveland Indians.
09/08/2015 Akron RubberDucks activated RHP Ben Heller from the 7-day disabled list.
08/24/2015 Akron RubberDucks placed RHP Ben Heller on the 7-day disabled list. right knee strain
08/01/2015 RHP Ben Heller assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Lynchburg Hillcats.
03/09/2015 RHP Ben Heller assigned to Cleveland Indians.
07/07/2014 Ben Heller assigned to Carolina Mudcats from Lake County Captains.
03/29/2014 RHP Ben Heller assigned to Lake County Captains from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
06/16/2013 Cleveland Indians signed RHP Ben Heller.
06/15/2013 RHP Ben Heller assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers.