Scott Heineman became the eighth recent Oregon baseball player to reach the major leagues, but the first to be joined by his brother.
Heineman made his major-league debut for the Texas Rangers on Aug. 2 and just over one month later his brother, Tyler, played his first game in the majors as a catcher for Miami.
“Before today, in the history of this game only 395 sets of brothers can say they played in the MLB!! Today my brother and I can say we are #396,” Scott Heineman tweeted on Wednesday.
Scott Heineman is hitting .200 with one home run and three RBIs in 18 games for the Rangers. The 26-year old has played all three outfield spots as well as first base.
Heineman battled injuries during four seasons with the Ducks from 2012-15 when he batted .260 with nine homers and 72 RBIs in his career.
He was Oregon’s starting third baseman as a freshman before a foot injury cost him the final 34 games of the season. He returned to hit .278 with four homers as a sophomore but played only eight games in 2014 before requiring season-ending shoulder surgery. He batted .290 with four homers as a redshirt junior before being drafted by Texas in the 11th round of the 2105 MLB Draft.
Heineman did not play in the minors that season due to injury and began his pro career in Single-A High Desert where he batted .303 with 17 homers in 2016. He reached Double-A the next year and Triple-A in 2018.
“Scotty had one injury after another and grinded through that,” former UO coach George Horton recalled in a recent interview. “One thing he knows how to do is play his rear end off. Of the guys who have played for me, none played harder or with more passion than Heineman and that will show up in the big leagues.”
Tyler Heineman was drafted in the eighth round of the 2012 draft by Houston out of UCLA. He reached Triple-A in 2015, but was traded to Milwaukee and signed with Arizona as a free agent before being traded to Miami in June.
“The Heineman family is special to me,” Horton said. “The dad and mom are great people, big fans of the Ducks. We competed against Tyler at UCLA.”
Former UO pitchers Jimmie Sherfy and Cole Irvin have recently been promoted back to the majors with Arizona and Philadelphia, respectively. Colorado pitcher Tyler Anderson and Seattle first baseman Ryon Healy are both out with season-ending injuries.
Former Oregon outfielder Kyle Garlick spent time with the Dodgers earlier this season and pitcher Stephen Nogosek debuted with the Mets.