Left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney is one of the top prospects in the Miami Marlins organization. He is the top pitching prospect down on the farm, and has the potential to become a great compliment to the flamethrower that the Marlins already have in Jose Fernandez. Heaney was selected in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Oklahoma State and as soon as he stepped onto the scene, he made some waves.
In 2013, Heaney pitched in Single-A Advanced Jupiter going 5-2 with an incredible 0.88 ERA in 12 starts. He held opponents to a .193 batting average. When he moved to Double-A Jacksonville, it was more of the same. Heaney won four games in six starts striking out 23 batters and recording a 2.94 ERA.
Heaney was selected to represent the Marlins in the Arizona Fall League this season, playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs. He has not slowed down any bit from where he started with the Hammerheads earlier in the year. Heaney is 1-0 with a 2.29 ERA in five starts. As the season has worn on, Heaney’s outings have increased from three innings to five innings. He has not allowed more than four hits in an outing, nor has he allowed more than two runs. He has struck out 17 batters and batters are only hitting .208 against him.
He is becoming something special to watch and will be something special with Miami once he is called up. Miami will have to make a tough decision regarding his future in the minors this season if he continues to progress. He may go the Fernandez way and get called up right away.
We will see what happens on the road to spring training in February and March.