The Miami Marlins almost got real lucky in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft when Stanford pitcher Mark Appel was falling but before the Marlins could pick, the Pittsburgh Pirates scooped him up with the eighth pick of the draft. Instead, the Marlins decided to take a pitcher, again, by selecting left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney from Oklahoma State with the ninth pick. A year after they selected fire baller Jose Fernandez in the first round in 2011.
Unlike Fernandez, Heaney has a mix of different pitches that could fool batters rather than throwing a blazing fastball, although his Heaney’s fastball tops out at 95 mph. Heaney has a mix of off-speed pitches from a very strong slider to a well-controlled changeup.
Oklahoma State ended a shaky season finishing missing the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons which ended up in the firing of manager Frank Anderson. Heaney proved his worth though. He was 9-2 in 15 starts for the Cowboys and maintained an ERA of 1.64. Coming into this year’s draft, Heaney was considered to be the top left-handed pitcher available coming out of college determined by the scouts.
At this time, Heaney is considered to be one of the most advanced pitching prospects in the Marlins’ farm system even though Fernandez is coming out as the reigning South Atlantic Player of the Week. Heaney along with Fernandez seem to be the most depth pitching system the Marlins have ever had, or at least in awhile.
You may be looking at Heaney in the No. 3 pitching slot in years to come.