HEINEMAN, TYLER

Position: Catcher

DOB: June 19, 1991

Height: 5’11” / Weight: 205

Bats: Switch / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade with Astros (March 26, 2017)

Profile: Traded to the Brewers from Houston near the tail-end of Spring Training in 2017 in exchange for cash, Heineman was originally selected by the Astros in the eighth round of the 2012 draft following his junior season at UCLA.  He signed for $125,000 and made his way to the New York-Penn League to begin his pro career.  He skipped over Low-A and moved straight to High-A Lancaster in 2013, then advanced to Double-A Corpus Christi in 2014.  After splitting the 2015 season between Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno, Heineman spent all of 2016 with Fresno.  Following his trade to the Brewers, Heineman spent the 2017 season with Milwaukee’s Triple-A squad in Colorado Springs.  A switch-hitting catcher with occasional pop in his bat, Heineman is more of a line drive hitter who shows a willingness to work counts and take a walk.  Defensively, his arm is average but his mechanics are sound and he works well with pitchers, making him valuable depth as another coach on the field.

2012:  The Astros were able to convince Heineman to forego his senior season at UCLA and sign with them, and they sent him to Tri-City in the New York-Penn League to get his professional career started.  In 55 games there, he hit .358 with 14 doubles, earning a spot on the league’s All-Star team.

2013:  Houston was so impressed with Heineman’s first season in their organization that they opted to skip him over their Low-A affiliate and send him to High-A Lancaster in 2013.  He put up big offensive numbers in the hitter-friendly home of the Jethawks, blasting 13 home runs and driving in 71 runs in 104 games.

2014:  Heineman took the next step in 2014, moving up to Double-A Corpus Christi.  In 78 games there, he wound up batting .242 with just one home run, but he gunned down 46% of opposing base stealers and was selected to participate in the Arizona Fall League following the season.

2015:  After opening the 2015 season back at Corpus Christi, Heineman received a promotion to Triple-A Fresno in May and finished out the season there.  In 78 games between the two levels, he posted an improved .285 average and socked three home runs to go with 17 doubles and 30 RBI.

2016:  Heineman returned to Fresno for the 2016 season and saw action in 73 games for the Grizzlies.  His offensive numbers declined a bit, but he still hit a respectable .259 with nine doubles, two triples and three home runs.

2017:  With a glut of catchers in camp and Milwaukee in need of a backstop, the Astros dealt Heineman to the Brewers during the final days of spring training.  He was assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs and went on to appear in 65 games for the Sky Sox.  He hit .281 with a pair of home runs and continued to play solid defense, committing just one error while throwing out 43% of base stealers.