Ben Heller is currently playing for the Lake County Captains, the Class A Affiliate for the Cleveland Indians
Head coach Todd Reid had chance to see Heller play this season
EASTLAKE, Ohio — Ben Heller (Whitewater,
Wisconsin), former Olivet Nazarene University baseball standout, has been named the Kensington Advisory Group of UBS Financial
Services, Inc. “Captains Player of the Week.” He is a member of the Lake County
Captains, the Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. He earned the honor
on Monday, June 16, after throwing five scoreless innings in three appearances,
striking out seven.
During the 2014 season, Heller has thrown in 22 games (28 2/3
innings), allowing 10 runs off 14 hits. He has a 3.14 ERA, 3-1 overall record and 43 strikeouts. He is second on the team in appearances.
ONU's head baseball coach, Todd Reid, had a chance to see Ben in action. “Ben looked
great," Coach Reid said. "His fastball sat in mid 90s, and
he touched 96 both innings. His new
slider looked like his best pitch, and his command of all three pitches was very
good. I am so proud of him. It has been really special watching his
progress. And I am just as proud of how
he is carrying himself on and off the field.”
Even though the Captains sit at the bottom of Midwest League
Eastern, Heller is maintaining a positive outlook on his time as a professional. "I have really enjoyed my pro career so far," he says. "I have been coming in as a
back end reliever and helping slam the door shut at the end of the game. The biggest
difference between pro and college baseball is the emphasis on development
rather than winning, but I enjoy the opportunity to compete everyday while
perfecting my craft at the same time."
Heller was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 22nd
round with the 651st pick on Saturday, June 8, 2013. He is the first former
Tiger drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft since Ben Zobrist (184th pick)
in 2004 by the Houston Astros.
During his career with the Tigers, Heller was a CCAC Second
Team All-Conference (2013), NCCAA All-American Honorable Mention (2013), and
Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete twice.
Check out more information on Ben Heller and the Lake County
Captains at http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t437