Former Tiger briefly called up to Yankees
Olivet Nazarene alumnus Ben Heller was called up to Major League Baseball to join the New York Yankees earlier this month, according to ONUTigers.com.
The school's news release says Heller, a 2013 graduate, received the call on Aug. 10 while pitching for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees' Class AAA minor-league affiliate. However, on Aug. 13, Heller was optioned back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, according to milb.com. He did not appear in a game during his time with the Yankees.
Heller was acquired by New York, along with three other minor-league players, from Cleveland for relief pitcher Andrew Miller on July 31.
In 47 minor-league appearances this season through Aug. 16 -- all in relief -- Heller threw 46 innings, recording 52 strikeouts, a 1.76 earned-run average, a 3-3 record and 13 saves in 14 chances. In his minor-league career as of Aug. 16, Heller was 9-9 with 32 saves, a 2.75 ERA and 230 strikeouts in 176 2/3 innings.