The Mets drafted Heilman in 2001 with the eighteenth overall selection. Since then, many Mets fans have not been too fond of the right-handed pitcher.
He advanced to the Mets active roster in 2003, and in his first 18 career starts, he struggled. It become clear that he was destined for relief work. This destiny plagued Heilman, his attitude, and ultimately his future on the Mets.
Heilman's most successful year as a Met was in 2007 when he was used profusely. He appeared in 81 games with a 3.03 ERA.
After an abysmal 2008, he was traded to the Mariners in the deal that brought reliever J.J. Putz, another failed effort in the Mets plan to upgrade the bullpen.
Heilman then got traded to the Cubs, where he pitched in 2009. Now, much to the dismay of Mets fans, he has found some success in Arizona where he has harnessed his control a bit more.
Mets fans can just sit back and be happy that the 2001 draft produced David Wright.