The San Francisco Giants have signed switch hitting catcher Tyler Heineman. He comes to the club after splitting time with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins last season. He was first drafted by the Houston Astros out of UCLA in the 2012 June Amateur Draft. His brother is Scott Heineman, who is in the Texas Rangers organization. He signed with the DBacks in 2018 and then was traded to Miami late in the 2019 season. The 28 year old hit a combined .336 for both clubs which included 13 home runs, 17 doubles, 3 triples and collected 38 RBIs along the way in 244 at bats. Heineman only struck out 35 times while being walked 21 times and stole 4 bases. The young catcher made his debut with the Marlins against the Mets but went 0-1 with a strikeout last season. He had his first career home run a couple days later against the Mets.
He joins Buster Posey, Joey Bart and Aramis Garcia as the teams catchers. They lost Stephen Vogt to free agency as their division rivals Arizona Diamondbacks signed him to a 1 year deal.