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2014-06-18 Ben Heller named Kensington Advisory Group of UBS Financial Services, Inc. “ (Lake County) Captains Player of the Week”
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Ben Heller is currently playing for the Lake County Captains, the Class A Affiliate for the Cleveland Indians

Ben Heller named Kensington Advisory Group of UBS Financial Services, Inc. "(Lake County) Captains Player of the Week”

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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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