Whitewater’s Heller dealt to Yankees
CLEVELAND — Former Whitewater High School standout Ben Heller was involved in a major trade Sunday.
Heller, a 2009 WHS graduate, was dealt from the Cleveland Indians to the New York?Yankees as part of the Andrew Miller deal.
Both Heller and fellow pitcher J.P. Feyereisen, a former UW-Stevens Point pitcher, along with outfielder Clint Frazier and left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield were part of the trade.
Heller, 24, is 3-2 with 12 saves in 13 chances and a 1.73 ERA (41.2IP, 23H, 8ER, 12BB, 48K, 2HR) in 43 relief appearances this season at Triple-A Columbus (28G) and Double-A Akron (15G), holding batters to a combined .159 batting average with a 0.84 WHIP.
He began the season ranked by Baseball America as having the “Best Fastball” in the Indians organization.
The Wisconsin native was drafted by Cleveland in the 22nd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.). In 150 games (including one start) over four minor league seasons, Heller has a 9-8 record with 31 saves and a 2.77 ERA (172.1IP, 53ER, 69BB, 6HR), having allowed just 122 hits while recording 226 strikeouts with a .193 opponents batting average.