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Ben Heller

Born: 08/05/1991 (Age: 24)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 205
Mechanics
Reliever delivery, some effort. NWU only; stiff front leg and heel-first landings paired w/ true 3/4 slot can cause front-side to fly open and pull him off-line down 1B side of mound. Fast, strong arm-stroke generates easy mid-to-high 90s velocity.
Evaluator Adam McInturff
Report Date 04/09/2016
Affiliate Akron RubberDucks (AA, Indians)
Dates Seen 4/7/2016; 4/10/2016
OFP 45
Realistic Regular ML Middle-Relief
MLB ETA 2017
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 70 70 96-97 98 Double-plus velocity; dominant arm-strength; blow-by fastball; swing/miss pitch. 55 life to FB--heavy armside run w/ second-gear burst at finish.
Slider 45 55 82-83 84 Enough SL to play off the FB in order to profile as genuine ML 'pen piece. Swing/miss pitch at best w/ late-showing tilt and two-plane depth. Occasionally can back up on him and show as a fringy offering at present, as true 3/4 slot gets around the pitch.
Overall

Impressive flashes of abv-avg FB and SL mix from former late-round pick. Ceiling of regular two-pitch ML middle-reliever. Improving consistency of SL action/depth the only thing keeping him from big leagues. Medium interest.

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