The Cardinals introduced they’ve launched catcher Tyler Heineman from the minor league deal he signed over the winter. (St. Louis additionally confirmed their previously-reported settlement with left-hander T.J. McFarland). Heineman’s contract allowed him to elect free company if a serious league alternative opened up elsewhere, notes Jeff Jones of the Belleville Information-Democrat (Twitter link). It’s not but clear if that was the impetus for his launch.
Heineman solely picked up 77 plate appearances with Triple-A Memphis this season, hitting .254/.325/.313 with none residence runs. The 30-year-old has sometimes been extra productive on the minors’ highest stage, evidenced by his profession .284/.351/.422 line over elements of six Triple-A seasons.
That usually strong minor league work has earned Heineman temporary appears within the huge leagues in every of the previous two years. He suited up for the 2019 Marlins and 2020 Giants, totaling 62 plate appearances.