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Portrait of Aaron Heilman

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Career Summary
Years IP W L SV SO ERA WARP
9 630 35 46 16 548 4.40 2.4
Birth Date11-12-1978
Height6' 5"
Weight230 lbs
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2003 NYN 24 14 13 65.3 63.7 1.7 2 7 0 0 3 0 315 79 53 49 13 137 41 39 3 51 6.75 6.02 6.26 -6.2 -0.6
2004 NYN 25 5 5 28.0 28.0 0.0 1 3 0 0 1 1 119 27 17 17 4 47 13 13 0 22 5.46 4.63 5.43 -1.4 -0.1
2005 NYN 26 53 7 108.0 42.0 66.0 5 3 5 2 3 0 439 87 40 38 6 117 37 33 6 106 3.17 2.95 3.64 16.0 1.8
2006 NYN 27 74 0 87.0 0.0 87.0 4 5 0 7 0 0 356 73 37 35 5 105 28 26 3 73 3.62 3.25 4.24 10.7 1.0
2007 NYN 28 81 0 86.0 0.0 86.0 7 7 1 5 0 0 352 72 36 29 8 114 20 19 5 63 3.03 3.79 4.29 10.4 1.0
2008 NYN 29 78 0 76.0 0.0 76.0 3 8 3 5 0 0 356 75 48 44 10 122 46 38 9 80 5.21 4.88 5.39 -3.2 -0.2
2009 CHN 30 70 0 72.3 0.0 72.3 4 4 1 6 0 0 313 68 34 33 9 110 34 30 1 65 4.11 4.33 4.87 1.0 0.3
2010 ARI 31 70 0 72.0 0.0 72.0 5 8 6 8 0 0 316 73 37 36 9 119 26 22 5 55 4.50 4.50 5.59 -6.8 -0.7
2011 ARI 32 32 0 35.3 0.0 35.3 4 1 0 1 0 0 164 48 28 27 8 85 11 11 1 33 6.88 5.09 5.44 -2.3 -0.2
Career47725630.0133.7496.33546163471273060233030872956256231335484.404.194.8618.22.4

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2001 SLU A+ 7 7 38.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 BIN AA 17 17 96.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .301 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 NOR AAA 10 7 49.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .277 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 NYN MLB 14 13 65.3 6.26 59 .318 .261 .324 .416 .257 .319 96 -4.8 -0.5 -6.2 -0.6
2003 NOR AAA 16 16 94.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .325 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYN MLB 5 5 28.0 5.43 72 .274 .264 .328 .424 .267 .287 90 -1.2 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2004 NOR AAA 26 26 151.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .307 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 NYN MLB 53 7 108.0 3.64 115 .216 .266 .329 .423 .265 .285 94 17.2 1.7 16.0 1.8
2006 NYN MLB 74 0 87.0 4.24 103 .220 .268 .334 .426 .262 .275 90 10.7 1.0 10.7 1.0
2007 NYN MLB 81 0 86.0 4.29 109 .227 .271 .336 .430 .261 .250 98 10.4 1.0 10.4 1.0
2008 NYN MLB 78 0 76.0 5.39 77 .287 .267 .335 .427 .267 .308 94 -2.8 -0.3 -3.2 -0.2
2009 CHN MLB 70 0 72.3 4.87 92 .262 .259 .326 .405 .260 .289 99 1.9 0.2 1.0 0.3
2010 ARI MLB 70 0 72.0 5.59 66 .278 .255 .323 .398 .266 .290 95 -6.3 -0.7 -6.8 -0.7
2011 ARI MLB 32 0 35.3 5.44 71 .321 .254 .318 .402 .262 .360 101 -2.2 -0.2 -2.3 -0.2
2011 IND AAA 7 0 8.7 3.56 119 .128 .263 .348 .420 .270 .136 98 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2011 LEH AAA 9 0 9.7 5.53 64 .300 .258 .328 .385 .248 .394 92 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2012 ROU AAA 34 0 47.0 3.65 126 .259 .277 .340 .429 .268 .306 94 10.4 1.0 10.4 1.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2001 SLU A+ 0 1 0 7 7 38.3 26 13 39 0 0% .000 6.1 3.1 0.0 9.2 1.02 2.35 0.0 0.0
2002 BIN AA 4 4 0 17 17 96.7 85 28 97 7 0% .301 7.9 2.6 0.7 9.0 1.17 3.82 0.0 0.0
2002 NOR AAA 2 3 0 10 7 49.3 42 16 35 3 0% .277 7.7 2.9 0.5 6.4 1.18 3.29 0.0 0.0
2003 NYN MLB 2 7 0 14 13 65.3 79 41 51 13 49% .319 10.9 5.6 1.8 7.0 1.84 6.75 -6.2 -0.6
2003 NOR AAA 6 4 0 16 16 94.3 99 32 71 5 0% .325 9.4 3.1 0.5 6.8 1.39 3.24 0.0 0.0
2004 NOR AAA 7 10 0 26 26 151.7 156 66 123 15 0% .307 9.3 3.9 0.9 7.3 1.46 4.33 0.0 0.0
2004 NYN MLB 1 3 0 5 5 28.0 27 13 22 4 55% .287 8.7 4.2 1.3 7.1 1.43 5.46 -1.4 -0.1
2005 NYN MLB 5 3 5 53 7 108.0 87 37 106 6 47% .285 7.2 3.1 0.5 8.8 1.15 3.17 16.0 1.8
2006 NYN MLB 4 5 0 74 0 87.0 73 28 73 5 48% .275 7.6 2.9 0.5 7.6 1.16 3.62 10.7 1.0
2007 NYN MLB 7 7 1 81 0 86.0 72 20 63 8 48% .250 7.5 2.1 0.8 6.6 1.07 3.03 10.4 1.0
2008 NYN MLB 3 8 3 78 0 76.0 75 46 80 10 44% .308 8.9 5.4 1.2 9.5 1.59 5.21 -3.2 -0.2
2009 CHN MLB 4 4 1 70 0 72.3 68 34 65 9 44% .289 8.5 4.2 1.1 8.1 1.41 4.11 1.0 0.3
2010 ARI MLB 5 8 6 70 0 72.0 73 26 55 9 37% .290 9.1 3.2 1.1 6.9 1.38 4.50 -6.8 -0.7
2011 IND AAA 2 0 1 7 0 8.7 3 3 6 0 55% .136 3.1 3.1 0.0 6.2 0.69 0.00 1.2 0.1
2011 LEH AAA 0 0 0 9 0 9.7 14 6 8 1 50% .394 13.0 5.6 0.9 7.4 2.07 8.38 -0.4 -0.0
2011 ARI MLB 4 1 0 32 0 35.3 48 11 33 8 42% .360 12.2 2.8 2.0 8.4 1.67 6.88 -2.3 -0.2
2012 ROU AAA 2 1 8 34 0 47.0 45 16 43 4 37% .306 8.6 3.1 0.8 8.2 1.30 4.02 10.4 1.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1387 0.4982 0.4509 0.7376 0.6469 0.2557 0.7897 0.6067 0.2624
2009 1263 0.5036 0.4330 0.7656 0.6148 0.2472 0.8338 0.5935 0.2344
2010 1275 0.4965 0.4529 0.7764 0.5987 0.3084 0.8364 0.6616 0.2236
2011 656 0.4177 0.4604 0.7351 0.6460 0.3272 0.8701 0.5440 0.2649
Career45810.48770.44790.75580.62450.27830.82640.60940.2442

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-08-09 2011-08-17 Minors 8 0 - Sprain Turf Toe - -
2011-04-14 2011-05-05 15-DL 21 18 Right Shoulder Inflammation Tendonitis -
2008-09-11 2008-09-18 DTD 7 6 Left Knee Inflammation -
2006-10-23 2006-10-23 Off 0 0 Right Elbow Surgery Lateral Epicondylitis 2006-10-23

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2011 ARI $2,000,000
2010 ARI $2,150,000
2009 CHN $1,625,000
2008 NYN $1,200,000
2007 NYN $453,000
2006 NYN $359,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$7,787,000
7 yrTotal$7,787,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 62 dMark Rodgers1 year (2012)

Details
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/10/12 (minor-league contract). Released by Seattle 4/1/12. Signed by Texas as a free agent 4/4/12 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$2M (2011). Re-signed by Arizona 1/18/11. Released by Arizona 7/19/11. Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 7/22/11 (minor-league contract). Released by Philadelphia 8/20/11. Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 8/21/11 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$2.15M (2010). Re-signed by Arizona 1/18/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.625M (2009). Acquired by Seattle in three-way trade from NY Mets 12/10/08. Signed by Seattle 1/20/09 (avoided arbitration). Award bonus: $50,000 for All Star ($25,000 selection). Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Seattle 1/28/09. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Chicago Cubs 11/19/09.
  • 1 year/$1.2M (2008). Re-signed by NY Mets 1/18/08 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.453M (2007). Renewed 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.359M (2006). Re-signed 3/06.
  • Drafted 2002 (1-18). $1,508,705 signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
Weighted Mean?????0.0????.0000.000.00?0.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
8.85.92.80.66.11.624.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Randy Flores 2011 0.00 DNP
2 89 Jim Brower 2008 0.00 DNP
3 86 Joel Peralta 2011 3.06
4 83 Steve Karsay 2007 0.00 DNP
5 83 Mike Lincoln 2010 7.32
6 83 Luis Arroyo 1962 5.35 DNP
7 83 Tyler Walker 2011 0.00 DNP
8 82 Will Ohman 2013 0.00 DNP
9 82 Bobby Tiefenauer 1965 5.81
10 82 Tim Worrell 2003 4.02
11 82 Dave Veres 2002 3.70
12 82 Dan Plesac 1997 3.93
13 82 Donnie Moore 1989 0.00 DNP
14 82 Mike Stanton 2002 3.23
15 82 Jay Witasick 2008 0.00 DNP
16 82 Kyle Farnsworth 2011 2.34
17 82 Jay Howell 1991 3.35
18 82 Gary Lavelle 1984 3.21
19 81 Scott Proctor 2012 0.00 DNP
20 81 Jim Gott 1995 7.47
21 81 Jeff Montgomery 1997 3.64
22 81 Steve Farr 1992 1.73
23 81 Todd Jones 2003 7.60
24 81 Jeff Parrett 1997 0.00 DNP
25 81 Mike Henneman 1997 0.00 DNP
26 81 Guillermo Mota 2009 3.44
27 81 Justin Speier 2009 5.17
28 81 Jeff Brantley 1999 6.23
29 81 Dick Drago 1980 4.55
30 81 Joey Eischen 2005 3.72
31 81 Joe Hoerner 1972 4.80
32 81 John Franco 1996 2.50
33 81 Steve Hamilton 1970 3.54
34 81 Rod Beck 2004 6.75
35 80 Mike Marshall 1978 2.91
36 80 Rick White 2004 5.97
37 80 Larry Andersen 1988 3.05
38 80 Ed Vosberg 1997 5.09
39 80 Buddy Carlyle 2013 0.00 DNP
40 80 Joe Nelson 2010 9.72
41 80 John Bale 2009 6.35
42 80 Jose Mesa 2001 3.38
43 80 Mike Maddux 1997 9.28
44 80 Keith Comstock 1991 54.00
45 80 Tippy Martinez 1985 6.30
46 80 Luis Vizcaino 2010 0.00 DNP
47 80 Tim Byrdak 2009 3.67
48 80 Moe Drabowsky 1971 3.58
49 79 Lindy McDaniel 1971 5.30
50 79 Randy Myers 1998 4.92
51 79 Mark Guthrie 2001 4.99
52 79 Joe Grzenda 1972 6.17
53 79 Tug McGraw 1980 1.56
54 79 Jamie Walker 2007 3.82
55 79 Rollie Fingers 1982 2.60
56 79 Shawn Camp 2011 4.88
57 79 Josias Manzanillo 2003 16.88
58 79 Mike Fetters 2000 3.24
59 79 Arthur Rhodes 2005 2.70
60 79 Barney Schultz 1962 4.11 DNP
61 79 Paul Assenmacher 1996 3.66
62 79 Dale Murray 1985 15.00
63 79 Ramiro Mendoza 2007 0.00 DNP
64 79 Billy Taylor 1997 3.95
65 79 Scott Linebrink 2012 0.00 DNP
66 78 Norm Charlton 1998 5.44
67 78 Eric Plunk 1999 5.26
68 78 Fred Gladding 1971 2.82
69 78 Chad Durbin 2013 9.56
70 78 Pete Richert 1975 0.00 DNP
71 78 Michael Gonzalez 2013 5.04
72 78 Alan Embree 2005 8.13
73 78 Dave Giusti 1975 3.73 DNP
74 78 Troy Percival 2005 5.76
75 78 Aurelio Lopez 1984 3.33
76 78 Yorkis Perez 2003 0.00 DNP
77 78 Brian Shouse 2004 2.44
78 78 Doug Jones 1992 2.34
79 78 Luis Ayala 2013 3.00
80 77 Mark Williamson 1995 0.00 DNP
81 77 Eddie Fisher 1972 4.25
82 77 Craig Lefferts 1993 6.16
83 77 Jesse Orosco 1992 3.46
84 77 Jim Brewer 1973 3.39
85 77 Danny Cox 1995 7.80
86 77 Lee Smith 1993 3.88
87 77 Grant Jackson 1978 3.72
88 77 Brian Boehringer 2004 4.97
89 77 Buddy Groom 2001 3.82
90 77 Trever Miller 2008 4.36
91 77 John Hiller 1978 2.63
92 77 Bill Campbell 1984 4.76
93 77 Andy McGaffigan 1992 0.00 DNP
94 77 Jeff Reardon 1991 3.19
95 76 Doug Henry 1999 5.31
96 76 Hoyt Wilhelm 1958 2.82
97 76 Roger Mason 1993 4.33
98 76 Kazuhiro Sasaki 2003 4.59
99 76 Bobby Shantz 1961 3.83
100 76 Dick Tidrow 1982 3.91

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Can we assume that the ship has sailed on Heilman finding his way back into a starting rotation? It's tough to imagine that a middling reliever who hasn't excelled anywhere would somehow become a model of consistency and effectiveness with vastly increased playing time. If anything, the opposite should be expected, as he would be unable to mask any of his considerable faults in a more substantial role. Little differentiates him from a bevy of cheaper relievers aside from name recognition.
2010 The “Free Aaron Heilman Committee" (Aaron Heilman, Treasurer) must have been exultant when the veteran reliever was traded via Seattle to his native Chicagoland, but any dreams of him moving back into the rotation were dashed when Sean Marshall won the Cubs’ fifth starter spot out of spring training. Heilman improved somewhat on his dismal 2008 numbers, but with a twist: while left-handed hitters bore the pitchforks and torches that drove him from New York, in 2009 it was righties that knocked him around. Arbitration eligible, Heilman was dealt to the D;backs in November for minor leaguers Scott Maine and Ryne White. No doubt he'll continue to talk about moving back to the rotation, even on his fourth team, but the Snakes intend to let him continue to be what he has been—a mediocre relief pitcher with declining stuff.
2009 Heilman always had a bumpy relationship with New York, and last year brought the storm that finally carried him out of the city. He completely lost command of his once-deadly changeup. Without it, he was unable to hold lefties at bay, and they thumped him for a .308/.425/.567 line with eight homers in 149 PAs. Heilman also displayed a knack for giving up huge long balls—nine of the 10 he allowed were hit with men on, the greatest number of multi-run dingers ever surrendered by a reliever in club history. Heilman was long unhappy with relieving, and the team finally obliged him by sending him to Seattle as part of the package for Putz; with the M's, he'll get a chance to start.
2008 For the last three years, Heilman has been a darn good reliever. That sort of consistency out of the pen is rare. The problem is that Aaron Heilman is unhappy. He wants to start, but the Mets value him too much as in the bullpen to make a change. If the Mets could find a team that wants Heilman as a starter and is willing to offer corresponding value in a trade, they'd listen. Given Heilman's plunging strikeout rate and impending salary arbitration, they'd better.
2007 No one`s fool, Willie Randolph looked at Heilman`s 5.88 ERA in 25 starts over the last three years and decided that he belonged in the bullpen, no matter how the former first-round pick felt about it. The results were somewhat disappointing given how well Heilman had done in the pen in 2005--his strikeout rate fell, and he allowed 7 of his 14 inherited baserunners to score while leaving a few messes of his own for other relievers to clean up. As a result, his Fair Run Average (like RA but adjusted to reflect inherited and bequeathed baserunners) was 4.14. To date, the Mets have resisted all trade entreaties for Heilman, but, in truth, they overvalue him a bit.
2006 If the universe were a fair place, every pitcher that had as disastrous a debut as Heilman would also get to have a season like 2005 to set things right. Having said that, is this a pitcher getting his career back on track or one settling into a life of limited use? He had the third-highest K/9 rate in the National League among pitchers with 100 or more innings pitched. That, and his nice STF number--19, second only to Pedro Martinez on the team--are good signs that he`s ready to succeed in any role. The decision to send Benson to Baltimore does create the opportunity for Heilman to return to the rotation, so stay tuned.
2005 Ginter's success gave the Mets an excuse to leave Heilman in Triple-A most of the year. He didn't improve, strengthening the case for simply ignoring anything a college pitcher does before he gets to Triple-A. Heilman's strikeout rate dropped 20% from Double-A to Triple-A, and has never really come back. He'll be waiting for at least one pitcher, maybe two, to get hurt.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2009-02-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bryan, have you picked up on Jim Hendry's fondness for Notre Dame players? I'm wondering if you think it's beginning to cloud his judgment (i.e. the acquisition of Aaron Heilman)?
(Shane from Bucktown)
I brought this up to Paul Mainieri -- coach of LSU, former coach of Notre Dame, who was with the Irish when Heilman and Samardzija and Grant Johnson and the rest went there. Mainieri laughed, and reminded that the connection runs deeper: Paul and Ryan Dempster are still good friends since Dempster committed to ND (ultimately choosing pro ball out of high school), and infields Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot are LSU grads, both of whom Mainieri has become friendly with. Don't be surprised if the Cubs draft a LSU player or two in the upcoming draft ... it's always been a fondness for Mainieri moreso than for Notre Dame. (Bryan Smith)
2009-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you look at the Cubs' dumping of their 'out of option' guys - Pie, Hill, Cedeno - and see anything less than organizational failure? It seemed to be a lot of useful talent being given away for virtually nothing.
(ChuckR from Addison, IL)
The timing of the deals, given the return, was disappointing. Why not take these players to Arizona and see if they can raise their trade value?

And why trade for Aaron Heilman and trade away Michael Wuertz? I'm not convinced they now possess the better pitcher.

Lightning round. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Aaron Heilman for Xavier Nady? Who says no?
(Brian from brooklyn)
Well, the Mets already had the pleasure of Nady's company once and moved him along--and the Yankees don't really need Heilman... after last year, I don't know if anyone needs Heilman. I guess he'll bounce back, maybe. (Steven Goldman)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)Mets send: Aaron Heilman, Scott Shoeneweiss, Dan Murphy, Mike Carp Sox send: Manny and Craig Hansen
(Trade Offer Man from Trade Offer Land)
I love these. PLEASE send more of your best ones. I did a contest last year and forgot or I'd have done it again. Answer? No, it's not even close, but I like how you think. (Will Carroll)
2008-06-02 12:00:00 (link to chat)Xavier Nady is probably the most popular name among NY talk-radio callers trying to fix the Mets' first-base problem. What sort of package are the Pirates likely to ask for in a hypothetical Nady trade?
(Jessica from NYC)
I could see Aaron Heilman and a decent hitting prospect getting it done. However, that would also mean the Mets would need to find another set-up guy. (John Perrotto)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)The Mets need a good 5th starter. How about El Duque, Mike Pelfrey, Ruben Gotay, Marlon Anderson and Aaron Heilman for Ian Snell?
(Jay from Flushing)
That plus a ton of Famous Amos hot dogs still doesn't get you Snell, I suspect. Remember, it isn't Littlefield who's picking up the phone any more. (Christina Kahrl)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Aaron Heilman threw 4,952 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2012, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Sinker (92mph) and Change (81mph), also mixing in a Slider (82mph) and Splitter (84mph).