Ben Heller

Ben Heller

32-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2024 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Pirates in December of 2023.
Gets minors deal from Pirates
PPittsburgh Pirates  AAA
December 5, 2023
Heller signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates on Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Heller, 32, posted a 3.86 ERA and 16:11 K:BB over 18.2 innings in 2023 with Atlanta. He'll provide Pittsburgh with some right-handed relief depth.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
21
How many pitches does Ben Heller generally throw?
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-57%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-57%
BAA vs RHP
2022
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .345 37 3 7 10 1 1 1
Since 2021vs Right .150 45 13 4 6 0 0 1
2023vs Left .345 37 3 7 10 1 1 1
2023vs Right .150 45 13 4 6 0 0 1
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-44%
ERA at Home
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-44%
ERA at Home
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 3.00 1.00 12.0 0 0 0 9.8 3.0 1.5
Since 2021Away 5.40 2.25 6.2 0 0 0 4.1 9.5 0.0
2023Home 3.00 1.00 12.0 0 0 0 9.8 3.0 1.5
2023Away 5.40 2.25 6.2 0 0 0 4.1 9.5 0.0
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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
1.45
 
K/9
7.7
 
BB/9
5.3
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
95.0 mph
 
ERA
3.86
 
WHIP
1.45
 
BABIP
.276
 
GB/FB
1.63
 
Left On Base
74.4%
 
Exit Velocity
82.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.1%
 
Spin Rate
2089 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
30.2%
 
Swinging Strike
12.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Elects free agency
PFree Agent  AAA
November 2, 2023
Heller elected to become a free agent Thursday, Justin Toscano of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
November 1, 2023
Atlanta outrighted Heller to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
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Dispatched to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
September 11, 2023
Atlanta optioned Heller to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.
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Recalled from Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
September 6, 2023
Heller was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.
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Heads back to Triple-A
PAtlanta Braves  AAA
September 5, 2023
Heller was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday.
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