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September 16, 2020 12:36 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Sitting out Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 13, 2020 02:00 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Continues hitting Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 6, 2020 10:08 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Early returns promising
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 26, 2020 03:08 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: On base twice in MLB debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 26, 2020 03:24 AM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Making major-league debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 24, 2020 03:40 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Gets call to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heim was recalled from Oakland's alternate training site Monday.

Austin Allen was optioned down in a corresponding move, so Heim will take over the backup catcher duties for now. This will be the 25-year-old's first taste of the big leagues. He hit .358/.412/.557 with four home runs and a 15.1 percent strikeout rate in 119 plate appearances at Triple-A last year.

July 21, 2020 09:00 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Heading for taxi squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heim won't make the A's Opening Day roster but will be included on the team's three-man taxi squad.

The 25-year-old lost the backup catcher's job to Austin Allen, and Oakland apparently doesn't plan on opening the season with three catchers despite the expanded 30-man roster. However, Heim won't be far from the team and could quickly join the active roster once the season begins.

June 28, 2020 02:32 AM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Likely to make Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heim, who was in a heated competition for the backup catcher job when spring training was suspended, is now highly likely to make the Athletics' Opening Day roster, Melissa Lockard of The Athletic reports.

Heim turned plenty of heads in Cactus League play with a .325 average (8-for-25), enough that he'd made up significant ground on Austin Allen in the battle for the backup catcher job by the time play was paused. While it may have been a close call for manager Bob Melvin had the regular season unfolded under normal circumstances with teams limited to 26-man rosters, Saxon notes the fact there are now four extra slots to work with almost certainly serves to lock in spots for both young backstops. The fact Heim is already on the 40-man roster only ups his chances of staying put when the regular season begins.

April 8, 2020 08:44 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: In deadlock for backup catcher job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heim was in a tight battle with Austin Allen for the backup catcher job when spring training was suspended, Martin Gallegos of reports.

Gallegos notes Heim was considered an underdog to Allen in the job battle as spring camp began, but the 24-year-old made up plenty of ground by hitting .320 (8-for-25) with two doubles, five RBI, one walk and four runs across 12 Cactus League contests. The stellar showing was generated over an admittedly small sample, but it nevertheless served as an encouraging encore to the .358/.412/.557 line he produced over 35 games at Triple-A Las Vegas to close out the 2019 season. With some type of ramp-up period expected prior to an eventual start to the regular season, Heim could have an opportunity make a final push to stick on the major-league roster.

March 4, 2020 02:32 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Big day in return to action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heim (shin) went 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a run in a Cactus League win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

Heim returned to action after sitting out Sunday's game with shin soreness. The promising backstop, battling Austin Allen for the backup catcher job behind Sean Murphy, is now hitting .467 (7-for-15) with a pair of two baggers, five RBI, one walk and four runs through seven spring games, flashing an impressive bat to complement his already strong defense behind the dish.

March 1, 2020 10:36 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Sits with injured shin Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heim has a shin contusion from being hit by a pitch during Saturday's game against the Indians, Martin Gallegos of reports.

Heim was hit in the right leg during his second at-bat Saturday before being replaced in the field by Collin Theroux to begin the fifth inning. It's an encouraging sign that Heim stayed in the game to run the bases, but he was out of the lineup Sunday and it's unknown how long it will take before he can return to action.

February 23, 2020 01:52 AM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Impressing early
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heim, who has a chance to earn a backup catcher job this spring, has impressed in camp and in Saturday's 12-2 Cactus League loss to the Cubs, Martin Gallegos of reports. "He was real calm back there. Got all the signs I gave him. He had a lot going on back there with their guys swinging the bat well," manager Bob Melvin said. "For a first start, you would think a guy like that has some nerves, but he certainly didn't show it."

Projected Opening Day catcher Sean Murphy (knee) is expected out until at least March 2, which will afford Heim extra reps in his bid to earn a backup catcher job this spring. The 24-year-old has yet to log any regular-season major-league action, but he opened eyes last season with a .358/.412/.557 line across 119 plate appearances at Triple-A Las Vegas. He kept his bat warm over the winter as well while playing in the Dominican Republic, slashing .301/.386/.411 over 20 games with the Toros del Este. Heim played six innings versus the Cubs on Saturday and went 1-for-2 with a single, while also flashing his renowned defensive skills by cutting down Jason Heyward after digging out a throw in the dirt.

November 1, 2019 06:20 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Has contract selected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 3, 2019 08:04 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Cut from big-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heim was reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday, Jane Lee of 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.

December 19, 2017 05:12 PM
Athletics' Jonah Heim: Sent to Oakland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 1, 2016 04:44 PM
Rays' Jonah Heim: Traded to Tampa Bay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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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