Aaron Michael Heilman (HILE-man) ... resides in Geneva, IL with wife Kerri, and daughter Elizabeth ... 1997 graduate of Logansport (IN) High School ... graduated in 2001 from the University of Notre Dame as a management information systems and philosophy major ... was 43-7 with 12 saves and a 2.49 ERA (109 ER, 393.2 IP) during his UND career ... named Big East Pitcher of the Year in 2000 and 2001 ... as a senior, went 15-0 with 12 complete games, 3 shutouts and a 1.74 ERA in 15 starts en route to earning consensus First-Team All-American honors ... also selected in the 1997 (55th round, NYY) and 2000 (1st round - 31st overall, MIN) drafts.
Appeared in 32 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks, going 4-1 with a 6.88 ERA (27 ER, 35.1 IP) ... had string of five consecutive 70 appearance seasons snapped ... among ML relievers since 2006, ranks 4th in innings pitched (428.2), T7th in appearances (405) and 15th in holds (91)...made 4 appearances before landing on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis (April 14-May 5) ... struck out at least one batter in 22 of 32 appearances...recorded 5 holds ... allowed 5 of 8 inherited runners to score ... released by Arizona on July 19...signed by Philadelphia as a minor league free agent on July 22 and reported to Lehigh Valley...spent time on the 7-day DL with turf toe on his right foot ... released by Philadelphia on Aug. 20 and signed with Pittsburgh as a minor league free agent on Aug. 21 ... was 2-0, 0.00 in 7 appearances for AAA Indianapolis.
Proved himself as a reliable arm out of the bullpen after leading the team with 70 appearances...since 2006, is the lone
reliever with 5 straight seasons of at least 70 appearances...Went 5-8 with a 4.50 ERA (36 ER in 72.0 IP), .260 opponents average, 26 walks and 55 strikeouts...converted a
career-high 6 saves after being tabbed as the closer for the middle part of the season...Led the club with 12 holds and tied Esmerling Vasquez for the most strikeouts among D-backs relief pitchers...Held lefties to a .229 average (32-for-140) with 12 walks and 28 strikeouts...opponents hit just .195 (16-for-82) with
12 walks and 17 strikeouts with runners in scoring position...From April 27-June 13, held opponents scoreless in 18 of 21 games (1.25 ERA, 3 ER in 21.2 IP), including a 10-game
scoreless streak (8.2 IP) April 27-May 14...Posted his best numbers over 11 games in May, going 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA (2 ER in 11.2 IP) and .238 opponents
average with 2 walks and 12 strikeouts...On June 19 @ Tigers, recorded 4 outs for his first save since Aug. 1, 2009 @ Marlins...of his 16 career saves, 4 have
come after recording 4 or more outs...Had a season-high 3 strikeouts on July 21 vs. Mets...on July 29 @ Phillies, faced the minimum 6 batters in a seasonhigh-
tying 2.0 scoreless innings...Held the opposition scoreless in 12 of 14 outings from July 9-Aug. 13, going 1-0 with 3 saves, a 1.62 ERA (3 ER in
16.2 IP) and .183 opponents average (11-for-60) with 6 walks and 13 strikeouts.
In his lone season with the Cubs, held opponents to a .257 (68-for-265) batting average as lefties hit .210 (22-for-105) and righties hit .288 (46-for-160)...When pitching on 2 days of rest, owned a 2.93 ERA (5 ER in 15.1 IP) in 14 games...when pitching with no rest, had a 5.59 ERA (12 ER in 19.1 IP) in 20 games...when pitching on 1 day of rest, had a 3.66 ERA (8 ER in 19.2 IP)...when pitching with 3-plus days of rest, had a 4.00 ERA (8 ER in 18.0 IP)...Opened the season by holding opponents scoreless in 10 of his first 11 outings for a 0.82 ERA (1 ER in 11.0 IP)...Posted a 1.74 ERA (4 ER in 20.2 IP) over 16 games from May 28-July 8...Converted his lone save with a perfect 10th inning in a 9-8 win on Aug. 1 @ Marlins...Closed the season by holding opponents scoreless in 13 of his final 17 appearances for a 2.33 ERA (5 ER in 19.1 IP), including a season-low 2.00 ERA (2 ER in 9.0 IP) over 9 games in September.
Aaron went 3-8 with three saves and a 5.21 ERA (44 ER/76.0 IP) in 78 relief appearances with New York.
© Was tied for 12th among N.L. relievers in innings and ranked seventh in
© Right-handed batters hit .222 (38-for-171) against him ... held A.L.
hitters to a paltry .190 (4-for-21) batting average.
© Had 56 strikeouts in his final 51.2 innings ... was unscored upon in 16
of his final 19 appearances.
© Notched his 57th career hold April 19 at Philadelphia, the most in franchise
history ... passed Dennis Cook (56).
© Posted a 0.64 ERA (1 ER/14.0 IP) in June (14 outings).
© Allowed just one run in 14.2 innings (0.61 ERA) in 15 appearances, June
© Stranded the bases loaded in the eighth inning en route to his first win
of the season July 24 vs. Philadelphia.
© Converted his third save of the year, and ninth of his career, closing out
the Mets' 2-1 win at Pittsburgh August 15.
© Hurled a season-high 3.0 innings August 26 at Philadelphia and July 26
vs. St. Louis.
Was fifth in the National League with 81 outings...Ranked third in the National League with seven victories in relief...Yielded five earned runs over his last 27.0 innings (1.67 ERA) dating back to August 12th...Allowed eight earned runs in 39.0 innings
(1.85) over his last 36 outings dating back to July 22nd...Was eighth among major league relievers with 86.0 innings and was tied for sixth with 81 appearances...His 81 outings were the second most in a single-season by a Mets reliever...Only Mike Stanton had more when he pitched in 83
games in 2004...Also was tied for eighth in the NL with 22 holds...Had a hold in seven of his last 16 appearances...Is fifth in the National League with 54 holds since 2005...Stranded 21 of 29 inherited runners...Stranded his first 16 inherited runners before allowing one of two inherited runners to score
on June 26th vs. St. Louis...Held righthanded batters to a .218 (43-197) batting average...Had a 2.31 ERA (three earned runs/11.2 innings) in August...Recorded a 2.27 ERA (11 earned runs/43.2 innings) after the All-Star break...Earned his first save of the year and the sixth of his career on August 25th vs. LA with a scoreless inning in a 4-3 win...His last
save came on September 30, 2005 vs. Colorado...Picked up his seventh win with a scoreless inning on August 8th vs. Atlanta...The seven victories extended his career-best...His
previous-high was five wins in 2005...Had an 8.1 scoreless inning streak from July 22nd-July 28th...Also hurled 7.1 shutout frames from August 25th-September 10th...Ended a streak of 18 consecutive hitless at-bats on July 27th when Ryan Zimmerman singled ...The streak was a career-best...Earned his fourth win after stranding a runner in the ninth inning in the Mets' 5-4 win over the Cubs on May 14th...Was tied for
second in the National League with four wins in the month of May...Went 2-0 with 3.2 shutout and hitless innings on New York's West Coast trip from May 3rd-May 9th...Stranded the tying runs on base in the eighth inning on May 19th vs. Yankees in the Mets 10-7 win.
Made a career-high 74 appearances...Was second in the National League and fourth in the Majors with 27 holds, and was fifth in the NL among relievers and seventh in the Majors in innings (87.0)...Held left-handed batters to a .231 (34-147) batting average and right-handed batters to a .232 (39-168) mark...Posted a 2.65 ERA (11 earned runs/37.1 innings) after the All-Star break...Also had a 2.81 ERA (10 earned runs/32.0 innings) during the day...Also was tied for 11th among NL relievers with 73 strikeouts...Had a 0.77 ERA (one earned run/11.2 innings) in 11 games in September...Was unscored upon in 21 of his final 23 outings...Did not permit a run in 13 of his 15 outings in August...Did not allow a run in 26 of his last 29 appearances and in 32 of his last 35 appearances...Won three straight decisions from Aug. 19-Sept. 13...Allowed three earned runs in his last 23.2 innings (1.14 ERA) dating back to Aug. 5...Picked up the win on Sept. 13 at Florida with 2.0 scoreless innings in a 7-4, 11-inning win...Tossed 1.0 shutout inning to earn the win on August 22 vs. St.Louis...Also fired 2.0 shutout frames to pick up the win on Aug. 19 vs. Colorado...Retired all nine batters he faced with a season-high 3.0 innings of work, May 19 vs. Yankees in a contest the Mets rallied to win, 7-6...Constructed a 0.44 ERA (one earned run/20.1 innings) with 20 strikeouts in 14 games from April 16-May 21...Had right elbow surgery on Oct. 23, 2006...Dr. David Altchek performed the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
POSTSEASON: Pitched a scoreless inning in Game Six of the NLCS vs. St. Louis...Fired 1.1 scoreless innings in Game Two against
the Cardinals...Appeared in all three games in the NLDS...Worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning in Game One vs. the Dodgers...Also pitched
a scoreless inning in the eighth inning in Game Three of the NLDS at Los Angeles.
Posted the lowest ERA (0.68) in the majors among relievers with 30 or more innings after the All-Star break...Allowed three earned runs in 40.0 innings...Philadelphia's Billy Wagner was second with a 0.74 ERA after the Mid-Summer Classic...Permitted just two earned runs over his final 37.2 innings (0.48 ERA) dating back to July 24th...Notched 42 strikeouts during those 24 contests...Stranded 20 of 28 inherited runners (71 percent)...Went 4-1 with two saves and a 1.62 ERA (11 earned runs/61.0 innings) with 61 strikeouts at Shea...Hurled a bullpen season-high 16.1 consecutive scoreless innings from May 5th-June 19th...Permitted 13 hits with 18 strikeouts in 12 appearances during that stretch...Held lefthanded batters to a .208 (38-183) mark and righthanded hitters to a .236 (49-208) average...Averaged 8.83 strikeouts per nine innings (106 strikeouts/108.0 innings)...Went 2-3 with a 4.71 ERA (22 earned runs/42.0 innings) as a starter and 3-0 with five saves and a 2.18 ERA (16 earned runs/66.0 innings) in relief...Recorded a 0.60 ERA (one earned run/15.0 innings) with 16 strikeouts in 10 August games and was 1-0 with four saves, and a 0.49 ERA (one earned run/18.1 innings) with 20 strikeouts in 11 September contests... Hurled the 23rd complete-game one-hitter in franchise history on April 15th vs. Florida...Walked three and struck out seven in the 4-0 win...It was the first complete game of his career...The lone hit was an infield single by Luis Castillo in the fourth inning...Had a 2.25 ERA (seven earned runs/28.0 innings) with 14 strikeouts when pitching on back-to-back days or with one day of rest...Went 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA (four earned runs/24.0 innings) with 31 strikeouts in 14 day games...Tossed a season-high 3.1 innings of relief on May 5th vs. Philadelphia...Notched his career-high fifth save of the year and his fourth save in New York's last eight contests on September 30th vs. Colorado in a 3-2 win...Worked 1.2 innings...Recorded his fourth save with 2.0 scoreless innings on September 27th at Philadelphia...Struck out Bobby Abreu with the tying run
on second to end the game...Earned his third save of the year and second in three days with 1.0 scoreless inning on September 25th at Washington in a 6-5 victory...Picked up his second save on September 23rd at Washington with a scoreless frame in a 5-2, 10-inning victory...Posted his career-high fifth win on September 20th vs. Florida with 2.0 scoreless frames in a 3-2, 12-inning triumph...Notched his first major league save on August 17th vs. Pittsburgh, pitching 2.0 scoreless innings with four strikeouts in a 5-1 win...Earned his fourth win with a scoreless inning on July 31st at Houston in a 9-4 triumph...Fanned four batters in 2.0 scoreless innings on September 15th vs. Washington...Tossed 7.0 innings, permitting two hits and one run in a 5-4 win on April 25th at Atlanta...Had six holds...Recalled by the Mets from Norfolk (AAA) of the International League on April 8th...Went 4-1 with a 2.27 ERA in six starts for Licey of the Dominican Winter League...In 31.2 innings, he surrendered 27 hits, eight runs, earned, with eight walks and 26 strikeouts.
Tied his career-high tossing 7.0 innings on September 19th at Pittsburgh in the first game of a doubleheader...Allowed only one run
on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts...Also hurled 7.0 innings on July 1, 2003 vs. Montreal...Picked up his first victory of the year on September 13th in Game One of a doubleheader vs. Atlanta...In 6.0 innings, he allowed seven hits, four runs, earned, with two walks and six strikeouts...His last win in the majors came on August 12, 2003, in a, 5-4,
triumph over San Francisco...Made his first appearance of the season with the Mets on August 23rd vs. San Diego...Was recalled from Norfolk (AAA) of the International League for a second time on September 8th...Also was with New York from August 23rd-August 24th.
Had his contract purchased from Norfolk (AAA) of the International League on June 26th...Was the seventh, first round pick of the Mets to make his big league debut as a starting pitcher for the team...Les Rohr, John
Matlack, Randy Sterling, Tim Leary, Dwight Gooden, and Paul Wilson are the other six...Made his major league debut in a 6-1 loss to the Florida Marlins at Shea Stadium on June 26th...Became the 44th player to make
his major league debut as a starting pitcher with the Mets...Earned his first major league victory in an 8-6 win over the Phillies at Veterans Stadium on July 21st...Over his first two major league starts he constructed a 2.77 ERA (four earned runs/13.0 innings pitched)...Tied a career-high by striking out seven batters to earn his second victory of the season in a 5-4 win over San Francisco on August 12th...Also struck out seven on July 31st vs. Milwaukee...Collected his first major league hit and RBI on August 12th, with an RBI single off San Francisco Giants pitcher Sidney Ponson...Made a relief appearance in a 3-0 loss to the Phillies on August 31st...Pitched 1.2 scoreless innings.
Split the year between Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and Norfolk (AAA) of the International League...Struck out a season-high 12 batters over 7.0 innings of work, allowing only one hit with no walks, to beat Harrisburg, 10-2, on June 2nd pitching for Binghamton...Was promoted to Norfolk on July 12th and made his first start on July 13th...Went 8.0 shutout innings, giving up three hits, no walks
and four strikeouts to beat Indianapolis, 4-0.
Joined the St. Lucie (A) Mets of the Florida State League on July 28th and made his professional debut that day in a start against
Daytona...Went 3.0 innings and gave up four hits, one run, earned, with one walk and four strikeouts.