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Astros trade catcher Tyler Heineman to Brewers

David Sterns grabs his former prospect.

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at Houston Astros Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros have traded prospect catcher Tyler Heineman to the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday, for a cash or a player to be named later.

Heineman, 25, at one time appeared to be the Astros' future behind home plate but he never appeared to figure things out with the bat. Heineman was drafted in the eighth round in 2012 draft out of UCLA. He spent all of 2016 with Triple-A Fresno, batting .259 (62x239) with three home runs and 14 RBIs.

The Astros have younger options with Garrett Stubbs and Jake Rodgers. At Triple-A level, the Astros have Max Stassi and Juan Centeno a cut above Heineman in the pecking order if Brian McCann or Evan Gattis get hurt.

Heineman batted .091 (1x11) with a RBI during Spring Training.

Heineman’s best skills were with the glove but not good enough to pull a top 30 prospect from the deep Brewers system.