Benjamin Heller (born August 5, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Heller attended Whitewater High School in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where he holds the school record for saves, pitched two no-hitters, and had a 1.14 ERA his senior year. Heller played college baseball at Olivet Nazarene University, and summer collegiate baseball with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.
He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 22nd round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. Heller played in Cleveland's farm system from 2013 to 2016, rising to the Triple-A level.
New York Yankees
On July 31, 2016, the Indians traded Heller along with Clint Frazier, Justus Sheffield and J. P. Feyereisen to the New York Yankees for Andrew Miller. The Yankees promoted Heller to the major league roster on August 11, but he was returned to the minors without making an appearance. The Yankees promoted him again on August 23, and he made his major league debut on August 26, 2016, pitching a scoreless eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles. Overall with the 2016 Yankees, Heller appeared in 10 games in relief, posting a 6.43 ERA with six strikeouts in seven innings. During the 2017 season, Heller split time between the Yankees and the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He appeared in nine major league games, striking out nine batters in 11 innings with a 0.82 ERA.
On April 6, 2018, Heller underwent Tommy John surgery, and subsequently missed the rest of the season. He returned to the Yankees in 2019, appearing in 25 games, all in relief, while posting a 1.23 ERA and striking out 9 batters in 7 ⁄3 innings. Initially not included on the Yankees' postseason roster, Heller was added after CC Sabathia suffered a shoulder injury in the fourth game of the ALCS.
Ben and his wife Martha met while attending Olivet Nazarene University; she is an 8th grade math teacher. In 2017, Ben and his wife stayed together in Scranton, Pennsylvania, when Ben was pitching in the minor leagues and lived above a funeral parlor with Chad Green.