Eric James Helfand
A good-fielding, weak-hitting catcher, Helfand played 53 games over three seasons with the Oakland A's from 1993-95. Currently catching for Las Vegas, San Diego's Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, Eric was formerly in the Cleveland Indians system as well.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. March 25, 1969
Born in Pennsylvania, Helfand grew up in Los Angeles and attended Nebraska State University and Arizona State University -- he played baseball at both schools. Selected in the eighth round of the 1987 free-agent draft by the Seattle Mariners, Eric chose not to sign with the team. Three years later, he was drafted again, this time by the Oakland A's as the 18th overall selection. He spent two years in the minors and then was drafted for a third time in 1992 -- in the expansion draft by the Florida Marlins.
The same day he was drafted by the Marlins, Helfand was traded back to the A's for shortstop Walt Weiss. Toward the end of the 1993 season, he made his major league debut with the A's. Helfand appeared in eight games that year and then played sparingly for the Oakland A's during the 1994 and 1995 seasons. In his final years with the A's, he caught 36 games and committed only one error for a stellar .994 fielding percentage. After becoming a minor league free agent, he played in the Cleveland Indians and San Diego Padres organizations.
Helfand played with the Oakland A's, 1993-1995.
6'1", 195 pounds
Throws right, bats left
Batting Avg.: .171
Home Runs: 0
Home Run %: 0.0
Strike Outs: 27
Stolen Bases: 0
Total Chances per Game: 4.81
Fielding Avg: .996
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