Injuries to multiple pitchers last year put Miami Marlins right-handed pitcher Jose Fernandez in a prime spot. He was forced into a starter’s role at the ripe old age of 20. This year, Andrew Heaney is in a similar predicament. He is baseball’s top left-handed pitching prospect and could have an outside shot at making the rotation.
He will be a player to watch for during Spring Training because he will be thrown into the competition to see how well he will fare against some of the Marlins’ other potential no. 5 starters like Tom Koehler, Brad Hand, Brian Flynn and Samuel Dyson. Heaney doesn’t bring nearly as much heat as Fernandez but because he is a lefty, it gives him the edge as having some diversity in the rotation is never a bad thing.
As of right now, Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez, Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob Turner are all set to carry the bulk of the pitching for Miami throughout the season. The last spot is the only one up for grabs. The chance that Heaney will get the spot is very slim. He only allowed four home runs in 24 starts in the minors last season. He also recorded an 8.25 K/9 and had an ERA under 2.00 in the AFL.
All the statistics say that he is ready, but with some pitchers clinging onto their last hopes, Heaney may not break camp with the team unless he dominates.