Ben Heller
28-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
On another team, Heller likely would have made the Opening Day roster, but with the loaded Yankees relief corps, he was slated to begin the year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Before the season began, he was diagnosed with bone spurs in his throwing elbow. When he went under the knife, it was discovered he also needed Tommy John surgery. With an early-April procedure, Heller could return around the All-Star break, when he'll likely return to the RailRiders, looking to reestablish himself in hopes of a second-half callup. Control will be key. Before the injury, Heller walked 10 batters over 18 MLB innings in 2016 and 2017. Read Past Outlooks
Added to ALCS roster
PNew York Yankees
October 18, 2019
Heller was added to the Yankees ALCS roster Friday in place of the injured CC Sabathia (shoulder).
ANALYSIS
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.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Ben Heller generally throw?
 
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121+
What part of the game does Ben Heller generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-53%
BAA vs RHP
2019
Even Split
2018
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2017
 
 
-100%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .259 34 6 6 7 0 1 0
Since 2017vs Right .121 37 12 3 4 1 0 1
2019vs Left .250 12 2 3 2 0 0 0
2019vs Right .250 16 7 0 4 1 0 1
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .263 22 4 3 5 0 1 0
2017vs Right .000 21 5 3 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
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ERA at Home
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ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 0.00 1.05 6.2 0 0 0 6.8 5.4 0.0
Since 2017Away 1.54 1.11 11.2 1 0 0 10.0 3.9 0.8
2019Home 0.00 2.25 1.1 0 0 0 13.5 6.8 0.0
2019Away 1.50 1.00 6.0 0 0 0 10.5 3.0 1.5
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0.00 0.75 5.1 0 0 0 5.1 5.1 0.0
2017Away 1.59 1.24 5.2 1 0 0 9.5 4.8 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Ben Heller compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
11.0
 
BB/9
3.7
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
93.2 mph
 
ERA
1.23
 
WHIP
1.23
 
BABIP
.300
 
GB/FB
1.17
 
Left On Base
105.3%
 
Exit Velocity
90.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.7%
 
Spin Rate
2230 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
46.7%
 
Swinging Strike
13.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
A 22nd round pick just four years ago, Heller quickly worked his way up through the minor-league ranks, impressing at each stop along the way. He spent most of the 2017 season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and was lights out at the highest level of the minors. Opponents hit just .172 against the righty, while he struck out 82 batters in 56.1 innings. The 26-year-old was able to translate that success in the minors to an impressive showing in the majors, allowing just one run and five hits over 11 innings, though he struggled a bit with control in those stints with a 9:6 K:BB in nine appearances. Following his strong 2017, Heller figures to get a chance to crack the Opening Day roster in a relief role, but the Yankees have among the league's best bullpen, if not the very best, so it will be tough to pitch his way into high-leverage situations.
He wasn't the headlining prospect in the deal, but Heller was sent over to the Yankees midseason as part of the return from Cleveland in the Andrew Miller trade. The 25-year-old was terrific in the minors, posting a combined 1.69 ERA between both the Double-A and Triple-A levels and held opposing batters to just a .156 average. The righty eventually pitched his way up to the big league club for the first time in his career, though things didn't go as smoothly there in a limited sample size. Heller is really only a two-pitch pitcher, but his fastball occasionally touches triple digits and his slider has proved effective in the minors. He'll enter spring training with an inside track toward winning a roster spot in the bullpen, and though he could be a solid source of strikeouts and holds, it's unlikely Heller gets thrust into many high-leverage situations.
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Allows one run in return
PNew York Yankees
September 13, 2019
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.
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Reinstated to active roster
PNew York Yankees
September 10, 2019
Heller (forearm) was activated from the 60-day injured list Tuesday.
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Returning to Yankees this week
PNew York Yankees
Forearm
September 8, 2019
Heller (forearm) will be activated by the Yankees on Tuesday or Wednesday, Randy Miller of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Touches 96 mph in rehab outing
PNew York Yankees
Forearm
August 31, 2019
Heller (forearm) pitched two scoreless innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, allowing two hits while striking out a pair.
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Ready to begin rehab assignment
PNew York Yankees
Forearm
August 17, 2019
Heller will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday.
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