Miami Marlins Prospects: No. 1 Andrew Heaney
Not only is Andrew Heaney the No. 1 prospect in the Miami Marlins farm system, Heaney is the No. 1 left-handed pitching prospect in all of baseball. The question for him is not if he will come to the majors in the next year, it is when he will do so. He has dominated the lower minor leagues and the AFL. The only logical next step is the majors, and what a combination of him and Jose Fernandez will make.
Fernandez was a rare case of a player jumping from class-A to the major leagues and having immense success. There may still be more seasoning coming for Fernandez, but with his Rookie of the Year award under his belt, Fernandez could be the brightest young pitcher anyone has seen in a long time. That means there is a lot riding on Heaney to perform almost as well as Fernandez did when he made it.
Brian Flynn and Brad Hand both remain ahead of Heaney for a potential roster spot in case something happens in the spring to anyone who is currently locked into the starting five. There is speculation that Heaney may join the big leagues in July sometime around the All-Star break. Heaney will also be fighting for a spot with Justin Nicolino.
Heaney split time between single-A Jupiter and double-A Jacksonville last season, posting a 1.60 ERA and allowing 7.2 H/9. He will most likely start with the Suns and either receive a call to the Marlins or get a crack at triple-A New Orleans. Marlins fans should be eager to see Heaney play in a Marlins uniform.