Heim had his contract selected by the Athletics on Friday. Oakland will protect Heim from the Rule 5 draft by placing him on the 40-man roster. He played in 35 games with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2019, hitting .358 with four homers and 19 RBI.
Heim was reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. Heim made it to Double-A Midland a season ago, but he failed to find much success at the dish. He slashed .182/.238/.234 with a home run and 11 RBI over 39 games. Heim appears likely to start the 2019 campaign with the same RockHounds group.
Heim was traded to Oakland as the player to be named in the deal that sent Joey Wendle to Tampa Bay earlier in the month, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Heim split time last season between Single-A Charlotte and High-A Bowling Green, hitting an unremarkable .260/.317/.402 with nine homers in 93 games across both levels. The switch-hitting backstop hasn't really impressed in the lower minors to this point, and seeing as he's still 22 years old, there's a good chance he repeats High-A again next season.
Heim has been traded to Tampa Bay for Steve Pearce, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. Despite a .344 slugging percentage at High-A Fredrick, Heim has swatted seven homers in 329 plate appearances this season. The switch-hitting catcher is just 21 years old, so it's possible that he'll repeat High-A to begin 2017 if he doesn't show improvement at the plate during the final month-plus of the minor league season.
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