Meet Kurt Heyer

*As March approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2013 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with the affiliation change it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer, if not opening day then sometime during 2013. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2011 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in Batavia, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2012.*

So far you have met Patrick WisdomSteve BeanCarson KellyTim CooneyAlex Mejia and Cory Jones. Today meet the third pitcher the Cardinals drafted last June: Kurt Heyer

RHP Kurt Heyer  Ht: 6’2  Wt: 185  Throws: Right   Bats: Left   DOB: 1/23/91

Twitter: @KurtHeyer

Residence: Huntington Beach, CA

Acquired: Drafted in 6th round (210th overall) in 2012 

School: University of Arizona


  • Made his pro debut for the Gulf Coast League Cardinals on July 31 with one perfect relief inning and two strikeouts against the GCL Nationals
  • Threw a shutout inning with two strikeouts and one hit allowed on August 6
  • Promoted To Batavia and pitched twice out of the bullpen allowing three runs on five hits over four innings with five strikeouts and no walks
  • Did not pitch after August 16, finishing his first pro season 0-0 in four outings with a 6.75 ERA, nine strikeouts and zero walks in six innings, all out of the bullpen

 College – Made 55 career starts, third on the Arizona career list and finished his career 28-11 with 356 strikeouts in 393 1/3 innings while posting 10 complete games and three shutouts. Teammates with Alex Mejia at Arizona, Mejia was drafted by the Cardinals in the fourth round last June.

  • 2012: Won a College World Series Championship at the University of Arizona
  • Beat Florida State 10-3 to put UA into the CWS Championship Series
  • Allowed two runs over 7 1/3 innings with three strikeouts against FSU in the semifinal game
  • Also faced FSU earlier in the College World Series taking a no-decision in the 4-3 12-inning win
  • Beat Missouri with a complete game in the Tucson Regional, striking out seven
  • Finished 13-2 with a 2.24 ERA in 19 starts with seven complete games
  • Struck out 113 batters and walked just 28 in 153 innings of work
  • .His 13 wins are tied with former Cardinal Joe Magrane (1985) for third most in a single season at Arizona
  • Posted a complete-game shutout against Arizona State on May 25 in a 1-0 win
  • Threw 129 pitches over 9 1/3 innings in a no-decision against St. John’s in the first game of the Super Regional as Arizona won 7-6 in 10 innings
  • Named Pac-12 First Team and was also a second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
  • 2011: Made 20 starts as a sophomore going 8-5 with a 2.41 ERA
  • Struck out 134 batters in 138 1/3 innings
  • Finished 1st in the nation in starts, 3rd in innings pitched and fourth in strikeouts
  • Named First Team All Pac-10, third-team Louisville Slugger All-American and College Station Regional All-Tournament Team
  • Took a shutout into the eighth inning of the College Station Regional Final against Texas A^M before allowing three runs in the season-ending loss
  • Struck out 10 at Stanford May 20
  • Struck out 11 on May 7 against Alcorn State
  • Threw a complete-game shutout against Washington on May 27
  • 2010: Went 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 17 games and 16 starts as a freshman
  • In 102 innings of work he struck out 109 and walked 29
  • Threw a complete game against Northern Colorado on March 12
  • Struck out 14 on April 16 against Washington State
  • Beat Baylor in the Fort Worth Regional on June 4
  • Set the UA freshman record for lowest ERA and strikeouts
  • Also ranks in the top five in UA freshman history for wins, starts and innings pitched
  • Named to Louisville Slugger and Baseball America Freshman All-American First Team.

High School 

  • Played at Edison High School in Huntington Beach, CA
  • Went 11-3 with a 0.84 ERA with 116 strikeouts over 100 innings in 2009
  • Set school records for wins, strikeouts, innings and complete games as a senior
  • Named All-CIF First-Team in 2009 and an EA Sports Second Team All-American
  • Edison is also the alma mater of Jeff Kent, Donnie Hill, Dale Thayer and David Huff
  • Father Robert played football at the University of Delaware winning the 1979 NCAA Division II National Championship
  • Middle name is Wolfgang

Professional Career Highs

Innings: 2.0, August 16 at Williamsport
Strikeouts: 4, August 16 at Williamsport
Hits Allowed: 3, August 16 at Williamsport
Runs Allowed: 2, August 16 at Williamsport

Check back on Sunday for a look at another potential Chiefs player for 2013.

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