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Ben Heller RP

Arizona Diamondbacks

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February 20, 2021 11:32 PM
Diamondbacks' Ben Heller: Signs with Diamondbacks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (biceps) signed a minor-league deal with Arizona on Saturday, Robert Murray of reports.

Heller recently passed through waivers unclaimed, so it's no surprise he had to settle for a minor-league contract. Heller owns a 2.59 ERA in 31.1 career innings at the major-league level, though that's not remotely supported by his 5.57 FIP. He threw just six major-league innings last season before ending the season on the injured list with a biceps nerve injury. It's not clear whether or not the injury is still affecting him.

February 13, 2021 01:56 AM
Ben Heller: Heads to open market
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (biceps) was released by the Yankees on Friday.

Heller was designated for assignment Wednesday and will now have to try his luck with a new team. It's unclear whether or not the biceps nerve issue that ended his 2020 campaign prematurely affected the Yankees' decision to let him go, but that could certainly scare off teams who might otherwise be interested in his 2.59 ERA in 31.1 innings at the major-league level.

February 10, 2021 02:48 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (biceps) was designated for assignment by the Yankees on Wednesday.

Heller avoided arbitration with the Yankees earlier in the offseason when he signed a one-year deal with the team, but he'll now be removed from the 40-man roster after New York signed right-hander Darren O'Day in a corresponding move. Heller has pitched well over a limited sample across the past three seasons, making 21 relief appearances while posting a 1.48 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over 24.1 innings. He could still compete for a major-league roster spot heading into the 2021 season.

December 2, 2020 10:00 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Signs one-year deal with Yanks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller (biceps) signed a one-year contract with the Yankees on Wednesday to avoid arbitration.

The 29-year-old appeared in six games for the Yankees in 2020 and gave up two runs on five hits with a 6:2 K:BB over six innings before eventually landing on the injured list. Heller has only 31.1 innings to his name over the past four seasons with New York.

September 22, 2020 05:12 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Placed on 45-day injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller was placed on the 45-day injured list with a right biceps nerve injury Tuesday.

Heller was sent to the Yankees' alternate training site at the beginning of September, but he apparently suffered an injury and will be sidelined for the remainder of the season. It's unclear whether the right-hander will be ready for spring training in 2021.

September 5, 2020 11:28 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Sent down by Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller was optioned to the Yankees' alternate training site following Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Orioles.

Heller allowed one run on one hit and one walk while striking out none over one inning in Friday's matinee, and he'll head to alternate camp following the contest. Right-hander Clarke Schmidt's contract was selected by the Yankees to take his place with the major-league pitching staff.

September 3, 2020 10:04 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Tossed after errant pitch
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller was ejected from Wednesday's loss to Tampa Bay after hitting Hunter Renfroe with a pitch in the fifth inning.

Heller's third pitch drifted far inside and drilled Renfroe on the leg, leading to the right-hander's ejection. The decision to toss Heller was likely escalated due to the heated history between the squads and Tuesday's postgame confrontation following Aroldis Chapman's heater that came dangerously close to Mike Brosseau's head. Heller's general wildness over his career -- he has 14 walks and four HBPs in 30.1 innings -- lends support to his claim that the errant fastball was unintentional, though it remains to be seen whether the league will take further action against him.

August 20, 2020 11:44 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Back in majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller was recalled from the Yankees' alternate training site Thursday.

He has given up one run with two strikeouts in 2.2 innings in the majors this season. Zack Britton landed on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring strain in a corresponding move. Heller figures to work in low-to-mid leverage situations.

August 18, 2020 12:20 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Optioned to alternate training site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller was optioned to New York's alternate training site, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, following Monday's game against the Red Sox, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Heller appeared in two games since his promotion Aug. 8, striking out two over 1.2 scoreless innings of relief work.

August 8, 2020 05:32 PM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Called up between games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller was recalled from the Yankees' alternate training site between the two games of Saturday's doubleheader against the Rays.

Heller will give the Yankees some added bullpen depth in the nightcap. Thairo Estrada was optioned in a corresponding move.

August 8, 2020 02:24 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Chosen for taxi squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller is part of the Yankees' taxi squad for the team's upcoming series against Tampa Bay, Bryan Hoch of reports.

Heller was moved to the Yankees' alternate training site July 25, but he'll be one of two relievers traveling with the team for its weekend series against the Rays. In his only appearance this season, the right-hander allowed one run in one inning against Washington.

July 26, 2020 12:28 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Sent to alternate training site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller was optioned to the Yankees' alternate training site after Saturday's loss to the Nationals.

The right-hander made his season debut during Saturday's contest and allowed a solo home run during his inning of work. Heller figures to rejoin the 30-man roster as the team rotates its bullpen pieces throughout the season.

July 24, 2020 01:24 AM
Yankees' Ben Heller: Makes Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Heller has been added to the Yankees' active roster.

Heller will open the season in New York's bullpen thanks to expanded rosters. The righty impressed across 7.1 innings with the big club last season, striking out nine while allowing just one run.

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 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.

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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

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