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Eugen Heilmann

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.

Eugen Heilmann has pitched for the German national team.

In the 1998 European Junior Championship, he was 0-1, giving up 10 runs on 6 hits, 7 walks and 2 hit batsmen while retiring no one. The next year, he allowed six runs on 8 hits and 6 walks in 5 2/3 IP and picked up a save.

Heilmann went 9-0 with a 2.61 ERA for the 2002 Paderborn Untouchables and he held opponents to a .203 average but walked 33 in 51 2/3 IP. He was 4th in the northern Bundesliga-1, tied Dirk Fries for 8th in strikeouts (39), tied Mirko Heid and Stefan Fechtig for the league lead in wins, was 4th in walks and was second in lowest opponent average (behind Jens Cornelsen).

Eugen was 5-1 with a save and a 3.00 ERA for Paderborn in 2003. He held opponents to a .200 average. He tied for fourth in the circuit in wins. In 2004, Heilmann had a 5-0, 0.50 record with two saves in 9 outings for Paderborn. He fanned 39 in 35 2/3 innings to finish 10th in strikeouts, tied for 7th in wins and tied for 2nd in saves. That year, he pitched for the German senior national team for the first time. In the 2004 European Championship B-Pool, he tossed four shutout innings of one-hit ball to help Germany return to the A Pool.

In 2005, Heilmann was 9-0 with four saves and a 0.36 ERA and allowed only 28 hits in 50 1/3 IP. He led the league in ERA (by a whopping 1.85), was 10th in strikeouts (43), was second in wins (behind Andre Hughes), tied Nils Hartkopf for second in saves (behind Fechtig), led in lowest average (.165, .025 better than Moritz Sckaer) and led in WHIP (.83, .18 ahead of Dirk Fries).

Heilmann was very busy in the 2005 European Championship, appearing in five games and going 1-1 with two saves and a 3.12 ERA. He fanned 12 in 8 2/3 innings. He tied Peter Nyari for the most saves as Germany finished 4th to win a spot in the 2007 Baseball World Cup. He tied Rob Cordemans for fifth in strikeouts.

The Kazakhstan native fanned 35 in 29 2/3 innings and was 3-1 with a 0.91 ERA for Paderborn in 2006. He led the league with 3 saves and was 10th in strikeouts. Had he qualified, he would have beaten Enorbel Marquez for the ERA lead.

In his age 25 season (2007), Heilmann was 4-3 with two saves and a 2.47 ERA for the Untouchables. He was among the leaders in ERA (5th), strikeouts (6th), wins (tied for 8th), saves (tied foe 3rd), innings (58 1/3, 9th) and WHIP (1.23, 5th).

Heilmann allowed six runs on six hits and three walks in 3 2/3 rough innings in the 2007 European Championship. He had Germany's highest ERA in the event, pitching poorly against both Croatia and Spain.

In 2008, Eugen was 14-1 with a 1.88 ERA. He was 6th in ERA, second in strikeouts (80, trailing Marquez), led in wins (3 over Hughes), led in innings (100 1/3) and was second in WHIP (.93, trailing Marquez by .03).

Heilmann was 8-1 with a 2.18 ERA for '09 Paderborn. He was third in ERA, 4th in strikeouts (77), second in wins (behind Marquez), second in innings (86 2/3) and was 5th in opponent OPS (560). Despite that, he did not make Germany's preliminary 40-man roster for the 2009 Baseball World Cup.

From 2002-2009, Heilmann has gone 57-7 with a 1.84 ERA in the regular season in Bundesliga-1 and 16-2 in the playoffs.

Primary source: German Baseball and Softball Federation

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