For the best left-handed pitching prospect in baseball to go out against the New York Mets in a thick division race and throw a four-hit, one-run game is a very good sign for a team like the Miami Marlins. The Marlins got that out of Andrew Heaney Thursday night as his only mistake was a pitch to third baseman David Wright who hit a home run proving to be the deciding run in the first inning.
Heaney does get tagged for the loss, but not after some brilliant pitching in his first start. Heaney was not over powering with his pitches, but was efficient. He struck out three Mets batters in the loss and allowed only one walk in 91 pitches. Of those 91 pitches, Heaney threw 57 strikes. He induced nine ground balls and recorded six fly outs making quick work of the Mets.
Although he was not as dominating as you would have like him to be, going up against New York and pitching well gives you some hope for this kid who was drafted with the ninth pick of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Oklahoma State. Heaney plowed through the minors this year earning the call up less than a month after he was promoted to Triple-A New Orleans.
With allowing just one run Thursday, Heaney became the sixth pitcher in Marlins’ history to throw six or more innings with allowing one or zero runs in his MLB debut.
If Heaney can keep being solid, Miami will have a chance to win this division.