After splitting time across three leagues, including one Major League Baseball organization, last year, Adam Heidenfelder is back at the U.S. Steel Yard for the 2022 season. Though he did not spend the entire year in Gary, he started and finished the season with the RailCats and went 5-4 with a 4.12 earned run average, and 62 strikeouts in 59.0 innings split between the starting rotation and bullpen.
Heidenfelder started his college career at Hofstra University where he spent two seasons before transferring to SUNY Old Westbury. As a senior in 2019, he cemented himself as one of the best pitchers at the Division III level as he accumulated a 4-1 record, 1.89 ERA, a 43:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio, 1.007 WHIP, and one complete game shutout in eight starts over 47.2 innings. He capped off that season with a place on the All-Skyline Conference Second Team and a berth in the Skyline Conference Tournament Championship Game.
Though he initially returned to SUNY Old Westbury in 2020 as an assistant coach, Heidenfelder soon returned to the mound a few months later as a member of the Rockland Boulders in the one-year All-American Baseball Challenge. He made three appearances for the Boulders, going 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA before joining the RailCats the following season. The Chicago Cubs purchased his contract midway through the 2021 American Association season and assigned him to their Low-A affiliate, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. He pitched in two games there before returning to the RailCats later that year. Heidenfelder finished the year with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League as he helped fuel their push to the league’s Championship Series against the Lexington Legends.