SF Giants Player Who Won’t Be Back: Tyler Heineman
With Buster Posey opting out of the 2020 season, it became clear that Tyler Heineman was going to have a big opportunity with the Giants catching corps this season. In the end, he failed to take advantage of it.
To be fair to Heineman, he was thrown into a tough situation. He had never played in the big leagues for an extended amount of time before 2020 and had to familiarize himself with an entire staff of pitchers in a short amount of time.
So that explains in part why he struggled so much in 2020. Many will remember Heineman for his three catcher’s interference calls, but those could have been ignored if his bat had picked up the slack. In 50 plate appearances, Heineman slashed a meager .192/.292/.214 triple-slash.
Even though Heineman was eventually optioned to make room for Bart, he still showed grace to the top prospect. He was a big Giants cheerleader via Twitter and seemed like a good teammate. Hopefully, he can find a backup job somewhere in 2021.