Surging righthander who is coming off dominating freshman season as Irish closer/when he led the nation in ERA (1.61) and earned third team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball magazine ... provides the Irish with a tough dilemma/as they decide whether to use him as a starter in 99 ... showed his ability to dominate as a starter in 98 fall practice ... combines with junior shortstop Brant Ust to make Notre Dame one of just five Division I schools in the nation who returned two All-Americans from the 1998 season (from either the Collegiate Baseball/Baseball America or American Baseball Coaches Association All-America teams/with Ust earning third team honors from Baseball America and the ABCA in 98 as a second baseman) ... developed a tough breaking ball while adding a tricky slider to his pitch options in 98 season ... has a loose delivery which allows for increased velocity as he gains strength ... one of the hardest throwers on the team whose best pitch is a moving fastball that has been clocked in the low 90s ... known for throwing strikes and keeping the ball low ... selected in 54th round of 97 amateur baseball draft by New York Yankees (Ust was an 11th-round pick by the Yankees in 97) ... invited to 98 Team USA tryouts.
Sophomore Aaron Heilman
As A Freshman: (game-by-game in bar): Capped off memorable 98 season by leading the nation in ERA and being named a third team All-American by Collegiate Baseball ... also joined Ust in becoming second Notre Dame player ever to earn consensus freshman All-America honors from both Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America while sharing the Collegiate Baseball National Co Freshman of the Year award with Auburn lefthanded starter Hayden Gliemmo and California second baseman Xavier Nady ... became Notre Dames first recipient of a national freshman-of-the-year award and the first Irish freshman or sophomore ever named to an All-America baseball team ... posted the eighth-best season ERA in recorded Notre Dame history and the third-best in the last 20 years/trailing only David Sinnes 1.05 in 1990 (which ranked second in the nation) and Mark Clementz 1.50 in 1982 ... fashioned a 33-inning shutout streak over 19 appearances during the middle of the 98 season ... finished second on team in victories (7-3) while his team-leading nine saves rank second in Irish history behind Mike Coffeys 10 in 89 ... also led the Irish staff with a .198 opponent batting avg./second only to Sinnes 1992 mark (.163) among Irish pitchers since 91 ... all but one of his 31 appearances came in relief while he finished 26 of those 30 stints/allowing earned runs in only four relief outings ... his 31 appearances trail only Coffeys 37 (89) in the Irish record book while his 78 strikeouts in 67 innings rank 12th all-time at Notre Dame ... also led the 98 Irish staff with 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings and a 4.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (19 total walks) ... edged out Eastern Illinois Bobby Castelli (1.65) for the national ERA title ... entered postseason ranked second in the nation for ERA/behind Floridas Josh Fogg (who ended at 2.03) ... fourth Notre Dame player to lead the NCAA in a season statistic/joining Shaun Fitzmaurice (0.34 triples/gm in 64)/Dan Peltier (32 doubles in 89) and Scott Sollmann (11 triples in 95) ... presented with his official NCAA plague during halftime ceremony of Oct. 31/1998/home football game versus Baylor ... joined a list of former NCAA season ERA leaders that includes current major leaguers Pete Harnisch (1.25/Fordham/85) and Seth Greisinger (1.76/Virginia/96) ... posted lowest ERA by a Division I pitcher since Florida Internationals Joseph Burns 1.20 in 95 ... had five Ks in four innings for first win (5-2 at Loyola/La.) ... ran his 33-inning shutout streak from March 1-April 28 ... tossed two shutout innings to pick up win as Irish rallied to beat Cincinnati (3-2) ... saved both April 4 games at Boston College (5-2/6-4)/with a classic bases-loaded strikeout of one of the BIG EASTs top hitters/Sean McGowan/to end the opener ... turned in gutsy shutout performance in 5-3/15-inning win over West Virginia (season-long 6 IP/5 H/3 BB/5 K) ... picked up tense late-season win over St. Johns (2-1/3 IP/1 BB/4 K) ... pitched four times in as many days at BIG EAST Tournament/with a save in 9-7 elimination-game win over Providence (2.2 IP/3 H/2 R/1 BB/1 K).
Prep & Personal: Earned three baseball letters at Logansport High School ... helped lead team to regional title as a sophomore and junior ... team MVP as a senior while earning all-conference and all-state honors ... named Gatorade state player of the year as a senior (11-1/1.06 ERA/105 Ks/34 hits allowed in 79 IP) ... listed as the top pitching prospect in the state of Indiana by Baseball America ... compiled 34-8 record in his combined playing careers with Logansport and the Walton Post 418 American Legion team ... tossed a perfect game as a freshman before turning in a 17-strikeout performance in 1996 American Legion regional tournament ... went 10-3 as a junior (2 saves/0.98 ERA/81 IP/87 Ks/ 17 BB) ... member of National Honor Society ... served as yearbook photography editor ... father Joe Heilman ran track and field at Indiana University ... sister Michelle played softball at Saint Josephs College ... born Nov. 12/1978/in Logansport/Ind. ... son of Joseph and Deborah Heilman ... full name is Aaron Michael Heilman ... enrolled in College of Business Administration.
Heilmans Career Statistics
Year G/GS/CG IP H R ER BB K WP HB BK AVG HR W-L SV ERA
1998 31/1/0 67.0 46 16 12 19 78 4 10 0 .198 2 7-3 9 1.61