Free Agent Profile & Prediction #8: Tyler Heineman

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 26: Tyler Heineman #51 of the Miami Marlins celebrates after hitting a home run in the eighth inning of their game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 26, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough in New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

The youngest of the current free agent catchers, Heineman got his first extended look at playing time in 2020 with the San Francisco Giants, hitting to the tune of a .506 OPS. Heineman is an interesting piece moving forward, entering his age 29 season, the catcher has tore up minor league pitching, especially in 2019, where he saw his numbers enter an elite level, with an OPS of .990 and OPS+ of 144. There are some positives to take away from his extremely subpar 2020 season, such as he strikes out at a well below average rate in his limited playing time, having only a 12.0 percent strikeout rate (league average of 21.8) he just cant seem to get anything behind his batted balls, averaging a 10.5 percent hard hit %.

Heineman is an average framer, ranking 29th in Runs Extra Strikes, and 20th in strike rate. In his limited time behind the plate, he has also shown the capability to control the run game, and defend his position, with 1 DRS in 2020, and an average 40 percent cause stealing rate, to the league average of 25%.

Heineman is an interesting piece moving forward, and should be a above average option to back up your primary option at catcher, and if needed can start some games in a crunch.

These are the teams I believe have the best chance at signing Heineman: New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Tyler Heineman signs a 1yr/2.5 million dollar contract with the Tampa Bay Rays

2021 Stat Line: .268/.329/.441 .770 OPS 4 HR 19 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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