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61 Ben Heller RP

New York Yankees

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
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Key Stats
IPWLSVERAKSBB
7.10001.2393
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2019NYY001.236000007.16111039

Player Updates

March 30, 2020 02:40 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: May be called up if rosters expand
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller could return from the minors if MLB decides to expand rosters at the start of the regular season, Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media reports.

Heller was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. However, he may not open the season there if Major League Baseball opts to increase roster sizes to account for a shortened spring training. The decision would be made primarily to protect pitchers, so Heller would make sense as a callup since he was on the cusp of making the big-league roster before being sent down.

March 26, 2020 09:08 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Headed to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.

Heller dealt with a minor back injury early in camp and threw only 0.2 frames as a result. Coming off of Tommy John surgery, Heller threw 7.1 innings out of the bullpen for the Yankees in 2019 and should be a depth option for the club later this season.

March 11, 2020 12:08 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Struggles in spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (back) pitched two-thirds of an inning in a Grapefruit League contest against Toronto on Tuesday, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out one.

Heller was charged with the loss after allowing a leadoff walk followed by a home run in the ninth inning. Despite the rough debut, the right-hander's presence on the mound was a positive indication that the back injury that had been ailing him was indeed minor. Heller remains in the mix for an Opening Day bullpen role, though he'll need to have some effective outings before the end of spring training to earn his spot.

March 7, 2020 12:12 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Day-to-day with back injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller is dealing with a minor back injury but should get into a Grapefruit League game within the next couple of days, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

It's obviously a very minor issue, with manager Aaron Boone saying Heller could get into a game Sunday or Monday. He is competing for one of the final spots in the big-league bullpen but has minor-league options remaining.

October 18, 2019 11:52 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Added to ALCS roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller was added to the Yankees ALCS roster Friday in place of the injured CC Sabathia (shoulder).

The Yankees need another reliever after Sabathia suffered a shoulder subluxation. Heller threw just 7.1 innings this season but only allowed a single run.

September 13, 2019 03:44 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Allows one run in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller pitched one inning in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against Detroit, allowing one run on two hits and a walk while striking out one.

Heller entered in the eighth inning for his first big league appearance since 2017. He showed a fair amount of rust, allowing a solo homer to Travis Demeritte along with a single and a walk, but he also displayed poise by retiring the final batter of the frame with a pair of runners on base. Heller is unlikely to be on the playoff roster after his extensive layoff, but he'll have a chance to audition for a spot in next year's bullpen down the stretch.

September 10, 2019 04:32 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Reinstated to active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (forearm) was activated from the 60-day injured list Tuesday.

The right-hander had been back with the club for a few days and is now officially back on the major-league roster for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery early in 2018. Heller pitched brilliantly after resuming a rehab assignment last month, allowing one run on three hits and three walks while fanning 13 in nine innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre. On this team, he should be considered on the bubble for 2020.

September 9, 2019 04:40 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Returning to Yankees this week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (forearm) will be activated by the Yankees on Tuesday or Wednesday, Randy Miller of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Heller is currently with the team for its series in Boston but has not been officially activated. He threw 30 pitches in a Triple-A rehab outing for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, so the Yankees are likely waiting until he is ready to pitch again before making the move official. Heller has not pitched in the majors since 2017 as a result of a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery and a subsequent right forearm strain.

August 31, 2019 12:32 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Touches 96 mph in rehab outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (forearm) pitched two scoreless innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, allowing two hits while striking out a pair.

Heller also picked two runners off first base in the outing. He was consistently clocked at 93-94 mph on his fastball and peaked at 96 mph, according to Randy Miller of NJ.com. Heller has now pitched in 10 minor-league games, posting a 0.71 ERA and 14:4 K:BB over 12.2 innings, as he rehabs from last year's Tommy John surgery and a recent right forearm strain. He is a likely candidate to be called up to the big club in September.

August 17, 2019 08:28 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Ready to begin rehab assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.

Heller will take the mound as the opening pitcher for the RailRiders on Saturday in his first appearance since July 14. The 28-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery last year and recently had his rehab put on hold due to a right forearm strain. Should he experience no further setbacks, Heller could be in line for a stint with the Yankees in September.

July 30, 2019 11:48 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Ready to resume activities
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (forearm) has been cleared to resume baseball activities after being pulled off his rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre earlier this month, Conor Foley of The Scranton Times-Tribune reports.

Making his way back from April 2018 Tommy John surgery, Heller made five rehab appearances between two affiliates before being shelved for around two weeks with a right forearm strain. Fortunately for Heller, the setback only proved to be a minor one, as he expects to be ready to go through a throwing progression within the next few days. That would set Heller up to resume the rehab assignment before mid-August, keeping hope alive for the right-hander to return from the 60-day injured list to join the Yankees as a September callup.

July 22, 2019 04:24 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Targeting September return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller clarified Monday that he's dealing with a right forearm strain and is hopeful to be activated from the 60-day injured list at some point in September, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports.

While on the mend from April 2018 Tommy John surgery, Heller made five minor-league rehab appearances between two affiliates before he was shut down last week with what was described as an elbow flexor strain. Heller described his injury with slightly different language Monday, but he'll still be shut down from throwing for at least a few more days and will essentially be forced to restart his rehab schedule. If Heller is cleared to pitch in minor-league games by mid-August, he should have a decent chance of meeting his goal of appearing in the majors before the end of 2019.

July 19, 2019 05:00 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Diagnosed with flexor strain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller was diagnosed with a flexor strain Friday, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Heller was on the homestretch of his recovery from Tommy John surgery when his rehab assignment was paused earlier in the week. He'll be shut down from throwing for a week but could still have time to pitch before the end of the season if his recovery proceeds without hitches once he resumes throwing.

July 17, 2019 05:12 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Pulled off rehab
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (elbow) has been pulled off his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.

Heller has apparently been feeling something in his elbow/forearm, so the right-hander is headed back to New York to undergo further evaluation. The 27-year-old was nearing a return from 2018 Tommy John surgery before suffering the setback.

June 30, 2019 08:44 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Moves rehab to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (elbow) moved his rehab assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

On the mend from 2018 Tommy John surgery, Heller has reached the final phase of his long recovery program. The 27-year-old right-hander will move up the minor-league ladder after tossing 2.2 scoreless frames across his two appearances with High-A Tampa. The Yankees will have until late July to formally reinstate him from the 60-day injured list and add him to the 25-man roster or option him to the minors.

June 24, 2019 12:08 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Begins rehab stint
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (elbow) issued a walk and a hit while recording two outs -- one via strikeout -- during a rehab appearance with High-A Tampa on Sunday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Heller has been on the shelf all season while working his way back from Tommy John surgery that he underwent in April of 2018. Given the length of his absence, the right-hander will likely require a handful of additional rehab appearances before being cleared to rejoin the Yankees' bullpen.

June 3, 2019 04:44 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Facing hitters
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (elbow) recently resumed facing hitters in extended spring training games, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.

The Yankees haven't pinpointed a target date for Heller's return from the 60-day injured list, but he likely won't be an option for the big-league bullpen until after the All-Star break. Heller is just under 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery.

April 4, 2019 02:56 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Transferred to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day IL on Thursday.

This comes as no surprise, as Heller underwent Tommy John surgery last April and likely won't be ready to pitch in games until the middle of the season. The move frees up a spot on the 40-man roster for Jake Barrett, who was claimed off waivers.

March 29, 2019 12:52 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Moves to IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Yankees officially placed Heller (elbow) on the 10-day injured list Thursday.

Heller underwent Tommy John surgery last April and likely won't be ready to pitch in games until the middle of the season, so his move to the IL was fully expected. The Yankees will likely shift him to the 60-day IL at some point later in the season when the team needs to add another player to the 40-man roster.

April 7, 2018 07:20 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Undergoes Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller underwent Tommy John surgery Friday.

The surgery is something of a surprise, as Heller's reported ailment was bone spurs, rather than a sprained UCL. Dr. Christopher Ahmad apparently performed Tommy John surgery and also removed a bone spur in one procedure. The typical Tommy John recovery timeline would see Heller able to return to game action sometime in the middle of the 2019 season. He was on the outside looking in this spring in the battle for the Yankees' final bullpen spot, so he's likely to end up at the Triple-A level once he's able to pitch again.

Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs LHB 2.100 0.00032
vs RHB 5.000 1.80007
Last 7 Games
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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020NYY00---00000000000000
2019NYY001.236000007.36111039
2018NYY00---0000000.00000000
2017NYY100.8290000011.05110069
2016NYY106.4310000017.011553246
Total202.5200000125.02277421324
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020NYY000---00000------0---
2019NYY1460.7000000.2501.2272811.05
2018NYY000---00000------0---
2017NYY011120.9000001.1391.000439.00
2016NYY11071.4000000.3242.1434021.86
Total225251.0031001.2341.40011113.32
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2013ASX-Mahoning Valley Scra 37.121101323914373.151.375
2014AFA-Carolina Mudcats 16.01700101171382.251.312
2014AFX-Lake County Captains 37.028004146416192.430.946
2015AFA-Lynchburg Hillcats 34.1360002124313304.491.261
2015AA-Akron Rubberducks 6.050000015151.501.000
2016AAA-Columbus Clippers 25.12800225257202.511.076
2016AAA-Scranton/Wilkes-Barr 6.16000117231.480.820
2016AA-Akron RubberDucks 16.1150010723530.560.497
2017AAA-Scranton/Wilkes-Barr 56.141005468221342.890.980
2019AFA-Tampa Tarpons 2.22200002130.001.818
2019AAA-Scranton/Wilkes-Barr 11.094000113350.820.727
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/210
Birthdate:
8/5/1991
Age:
28
Hometown:
Milwaukee, WI
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
New York Yankees
College:

MLB Experience:
3