The Miami Marlins go back and forth between Brad Hand and Kevin Slowey for the fifth spot in the rotation after Jacob Turner hit the disabled list with a strained shoulder. The indecision of the Marlins makes it seem the team needs to find a more concrete player to fill the final spot or even put a little pressure on the two to five pitchers in the rotation. Miami should look in Jacksonville for its answer.
Miami has the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball. Andrew Heaney is currently pitching with Double-A Jacksonville. He has a 2-0 record with a 1.56 ERA and 16 strikeouts in three starts with the Suns this season. The Marlins should only be worried about how he is going to fare against major-league pitching after looking at how Jake Marisnick fared in his first couple of at-bats last season.
With Turner out, the potential for Heaney to come to the majors is high. Turner also does not have any minor-league options left which leaves him with two possible scenarios; a trade or a demotion to the bullpen. Trade rumors did surround Turner in the beginning of the season, but since cooled off with his strained shoulder.
The time for Heaney is now. He is the next big thing for the Marlins and you could only imagine how the rotation will look if Heaney meets his potential. The best lefty in the minor leagues will get his shot this season; the timetable is the only thing being considered right now.