Chris Heston

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Chris Heston
Chris Heston at the White House in 2015.jpg
Heston at the White House in 2015.
Free agent
Starting pitcher
Born: (1988-04-10) April 10, 1988 (age 30)
Palm Bay, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 13, 2014, for the San Francisco Giants
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record13–13
Earned run average4.55
Strikeouts151
WHIP1.43
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Christopher Lee Heston (born April 10, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins. On June 9, 2015, he threw the 17th no-hitter in Giants franchise history. He played college baseball at East Carolina.

Early life and education[edit]

Heston graduated from Bayside High School in Palm Bay, Florida.[1] He played college baseball for two years at Seminole Community College. He was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 47th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft but did not sign with the team.[2] In 2008 the Washington Nationals drafted Heston in the 29th round, but he again did not sign and attended East Carolina University.[2] He was then drafted a third time, by the San Francisco Giants in the 12th round in 2009, and signed.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Minor Leagues[edit]

Heston's professional career got off to a rocky start with a 1–5 record and 4.11 ERA in the rookie Arizona League in 2009. In 2010, he finished 5–13 with a 3.75 ERA with the Single-A Augusta GreenJackets. With the Class A-Advanced San Jose Giants in 2011, he improved to 12–4 with a 3.16 ERA and 131 strikeouts. With the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels in 2012, he finished 9–8 with a 2.24 ERA, the second-lowest ERA in Flying Squirrels' franchise history.[2][3] He earned a spot in the Eastern League All-Star Game and was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Year.[2][3]

Heston was added to the Giants' 40-man roster on November 20, 2012.[4] He was optioned to AAA Fresno on March 2, 2013, and struggled to a 7–6 record and 5.80 ERA. He was designated for assignment on July 13 to clear a roster spot for Jeff Francoeur and released on July 21.[5] He was re-signed by the Giants to a minor league contract on July 24.[6][7] In 2014, Heston improved to 12–9 with a 3.38 ERA in Fresno and was re-added to the 40-man roster in September 2014.[8]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

2014[edit]

Heston made his Major League debut with the San Francisco Giants on September 13, 2014, in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers where he pitched a scoreless inning. He eventually appeared in three games, including one start, and pitched five and one-third innings with a 5.06 ERA. The Giants clinched a wild card spot with an 88–74 record and eventually won the 2014 World Series, their third championship in five seasons. Heston did not participate in any postseason activity but received his first championship ring for his regular season contributions.[9]

2015[edit]

Heston was slated to start the 2015 season in AAA Sacramento, but was called up on April 7 to replace the injured Matt Cain.[10] He got his first MLB win in his second start for the Giants on April 8, 2015, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5–2 and throwing 6 innings. Heston gave up two runs, neither earned, but had five strikeouts gaining the win.[11] On May 12, 2015, Heston pitched a complete game against the Houston Astros, allowing only two hits and one run, with 10 strikeouts and no walks.[12][13] Heston was the first Giants rookie to throw a complete game with at least 10 strikeouts since Roger Mason on October 4, 1985, and the first Giants rookie with double-digit strikeouts since Tim Lincecum on July 1, 2007.[12]

On June 9, 2015, Heston no-hit the New York Mets 5–0 at Citi Field, becoming the 22nd rookie pitcher since 1900 to throw a no-hitter in a major-league regular-season game. He struck out 11 and walked none; the only 3 runners to reach base were hit by a pitch.[14] Heston closed his no-hitter with three strikeouts in the 9th inning, a feat last accomplished by Sandy Koufax in his perfect game in 1965 against the Chicago Cubs.[15][16] He also became the first pitcher to no-hit the Mets in a Mets' home game since Pittsburgh's Bob Moose no-hit them at Shea Stadium in 1969. Heston's three hit by pitch batters in his no-hitter were the most since 1914, and has Heston as the fourth MLB pitcher since 1914 to have all of his base runners in his no-hitters be batters hit by a pitch.[17] In the same game, Heston logged his first career RBIs with a two-run single.[14] For his efforts, Heston was honored his first career National League Player of the Week Award as well as the key to the city by the mayor of Palm Bay, Florida.[18]

On July 23, 2015, Heston carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres, ultimately allowing only one hit and no runs in 7​13 innings pitched. The 9–3 victory over the Padres was Heston's 10th win, making him the first Giants rookie to reach 10 wins since Matt Cain in 2006.[19]

Heston was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on August 21, 2015 to make room for recently acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd. Later on August 28, 2015 he was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento since Matt Cain was placed on the disabled list.[20] Heston finished the season with a 12–11 record, 3.95 ERA, and 141 strikeouts in 177​23 innings pitched.

2016[edit]

Heston started the 2016 season in the Giants' bullpen.[21] He was optioned down to Triple-A after four appearances, and spent the rest of the season in the minors or on the disabled list.[22][23]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On December 7, 2016, Heston was traded to the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later.[24]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On May 26, 2017, he was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers.[25]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

Heston was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins on June 7, 2017.[26] He was outrighted to AAA on June 16, 2017, when they purchased the contract of Adam Wilk. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Second stint in San Francisco[edit]

On January 24, 2018, Heston signed a minor league contract to return to the San Francisco Giants.[27] He was released by the organization on July 27, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parsons, Michael (April 9, 2015). "Bayside's Heston enjoys Giant night in major leagues". Florida Today.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Chris Heston's unlikely road to San Francisco Giants' rotation leads to victory". More Splash Hits (MLB Advanced Media). April 9, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Macklin, Oliver (August 10, 2015). "Heston succeeding despite rocky road to bigs". MLB.com.
  4. ^ Haft, Chris (November 20, 2012). "Giants put Heston, four others on 40-man roster". MLB.com.
  5. ^ Todd, Jeff (July 23, 2013). "Chris Heston Becomes A Free Agent". MLB Trade Rumors.
  6. ^ Dierkes, Tim (July 25, 2013). "Minor Moves: Catricala, Taveras, Valaika, Heston". MLB Trade Rumors.
  7. ^ "San Francisco Giants 2014 Media Guide" (PDF). San Francisco Giants. 2014. p. 120.
  8. ^ Pavlovic, Alex (September 1, 2014). "Giants add Gary Brown, Brett Bochy, Chris Heston, Erik Cordier and Adam Duvall". Bay Area News Group.
  9. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (April 18, 2015). "San Francisco Giants' Chris Heston supplies the bling on World Series ring day". San Jose Mercury News.
  10. ^ Haft, Chris (April 7, 2015). "Cain goes on disabled list; Peavy could follow". MLB.com.
  11. ^ Gilbert, Steve; Haft, Chris (April 8, 2015). "Giants top D-backs to give Heston first win". MLB.com.
  12. ^ a b Haft, Chris (May 12, 2015). "Heston dominates with 10 K's in CG vs. Astros". MLB.com.
  13. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (May 12, 2015). "Extra Baggs: Chris Heston joins a list of all aces, no jokers; Matt Duffy is great at No.8; Hunter Pence hits a Vegas jackpot". San Jose Mercury News.
  14. ^ a b Associated Press (10 June 2015). "Chris Heston throws no-hitter, strikes out 11 Mets for fourth Giants no-no in four years, and the 17th overall in team history". ESPN. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Giants RHP Chris Heston throws no-hitter against Mets". ESPN. June 9, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  16. ^ Kerber, Fred (June 9, 2015). "Anemic Mets no-hit by Giants rookie Chris Heston". The New York Post. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  17. ^ Jaffe, Jay (June 9, 2015). "With no-hitter, rookie Chris Heston delivers latest Giants pitching gem". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
  18. ^ Martinez, Yvonne (July 2, 2015). "Palm Bay Mayor Presents Key To City To Hometown Sports 'Giant' Chris Heston". SpaceCoastDaily.com.
  19. ^ Schulman, Henry (July 22, 2015). "Heston, homers hoist Giants to big win". San Francisco Chronicle.
  20. ^ @SFGiants (August 28, 2015). "Matt Cain placed on 15-day DL with elbow nerve irritation. Chris Heston recalled from triple-A and will start Sunday vs. STL. #SFGiants" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. ^ "Giants set 2016 Opening Day roster". San Francisco Giants (Press release). April 2, 2016.
  22. ^ Kawahara, Matt (May 13, 2016). "For Giants prospect Chris Heston, different season, different results". The Sacramento Bee.
  23. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (December 7, 2016). "Giants Trade Chris Heston To Mariners". MLB Trade Rumors.
  24. ^ "Mariners Acquire RHP Chris Heston from Giants". marinersblog.mlblogs.com. December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
  25. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 26, 2017). "Dodgers Claim Mike Freeman, Chris Heston". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  26. ^ Miller, Phil (June 7, 2017). "Twins add reliever Chris Heston, release Nick Tepesch". Star Tribune. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  27. ^ Brisbee, Grant (January 24, 2018). "Giants sign Chris Heston to minor-league deal".

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Achievements
Preceded by
Jordan Zimmermann
No-hitter pitcher
June 9, 2015
Succeeded by
Max Scherzer