Luke Heimlich’s shot at professional baseball was short-lived as the Chinese Professional Baseball League terminated his contract with the Lamingo Monkeys less than a week after the former Oregon State star signed on.
According to the #CPBL official, the league have decided not to approve Luke Heimlich’s contract.
The league also demand the #Lamigo Monkeys to terminate Heimlich’s contract immediately.
The CPBL have a zero tolerance policy on players with criminal history. https://t.co/3gRO0Te9Dj
— CPBL STATS (@GOCPBL) August 7, 2018
Heimlich, the 2018 National Pitcher of the Year for the NCAA champion Beavers, was passed over in the 2017 and ’18 MLB Drafts after it was revealed he pleaded guilty to molesting his 6-year-old niece when he was 15.
According to CPBL Stats, the league has a zero-tolerance policy for players with criminal history and demanded the Monkeys terminate Heimlich’s deal, which was announced last Wednesday.
Heimlich posted a 16-3 record in 2017-18 at Oregon State, and only the Royals have given him any MLB consideration with GM Dayton Moore saying last month that “(Heimlich) has earned an opportunity to play professional baseball” and the team continues to “seek information that allows us to be comfortable in pursuing Luke.”
However, Kansas City has not given Heimlich a shot, and neither will the CPBL.