Heim is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rockies. Heim had started in four of the Athletics' past six games, but he'll give way to Sean Murphy behind the dish in the series finale. Despite his recent surge in playing time, Heim still looks like the No. 2 backstop behind Murphy, who has began to heat up of late with a .391 average, four home runs and a 6:6 BB:K in September.
Heim went 2-for-3 with an RBI infield single in a win over the Rangers in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. Heim split backstop duties with Sean Murphy in Saturday's twin bill, and both young catchers ended up contributing offensively. Heim added to a 4-1 Athletics lead when he legged out a third-inning grounder while Vimael Machin crossed the plate. The 25-year-old has now sandwiched a pair of two-hit efforts around an 0-for-5 tally over two other games thus far in September.
Heim, who went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles and two runs in a win over the Padres on Saturday, has drawn starts in three of the past six games and is hitting .333 (3-for-9) going into Sunday's action. The rookie's defense isn't a concern, with Heim having proven himself amply in that regard during his long minor-league career. However, his solid start at the plate -- albeit over a very small sample -- is encouraging and comes on the heels of his outstanding .358/.412/.557 line across 119 plate appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2019. Given the extremely hitter-friendly conditions of the Pacific Coast League, there was at least some question of how artificially enhanced those career-best numbers were, but Heim is in line to see consistent chances to dispel any doubts if he's able to keep his strong work with the bat going.
Heim went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run in a win over the Rangers on Tuesday, his major-league debut. The rookie backstop didn't let his bottom-of-the-order slotting prevent him from making an impact in his first big-league game. Heim scored his first run as major leaguer in somewhat unorthodox fashion, as he crossed the plate after Mark Canha was plunked by a pitch in the seventh inning. Heim had been impressing since spring training, and anticipation is high for what he might able to accomplish at this level after slashing .358/.412/.557 in 119 plate appearances at Triple-A Las Vegas last season.
Heim is starting Tuesday against the Rangers. Heim will bat ninth in his first taste of major-league action as he takes the place of Sean Murphy behind the dish. Despite his start Tuesday, Heim should continue to mainly play a backup role in the immediate future. The 25-year-old slashed .358/.412/.557 with four home runs at Triple-A last season.
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