The Miami Marlins selected right-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney with the ninth pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. In Heaney’s first full season in the Marlins’ farm system, he is already starting to progress as the season is on the verge of ending.
Heaney spent the beginning part of the 2013 season in the Florida State League with the Jupiter Hammerheads. Heaney started in 12 games and was fantastic. He went 5-2 with a 0.88 ERA and struck out 66 batters. What made the season even better was what opposing batters were batting against the lefty. The batting average against him was .193 and he had a 1.01 WHIP. He looked unstoppable.
After dominating at Jupiter, Heaney was re-assigned to Double-A Jacksonville to play in the Southern League. Heaney has started three games for the Suns since being there. He is 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA and has nine strikeouts. Heaney looks like he has to get adjusted to the different level of play at Jacksonville, but it’s likely once he settles down he will get back on his game.
Once the season ends and the next one begins, Heaney will definitely move up the top prospects list featured on MLB.com every season and probably Baseball America’s list as well. On MLB.com’s list he is ranked 52nd on the Top 100 and is fourth on the Top Left-Handed Pitching Prospects list.
By 2014, we could possibly be seeing a 1-2 punch of Jose Fernandez and Heaney on the top of the Marlins’ rotation. That’s definitely something to get excited about.