It has been tough for Miami Marlins star prospect left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney. Since getting the call-up a week ago, Heaney has gotten three-straight decisions — all of them being losses. He has also not gotten much run support either since getting his first start against the New York Mets June 19.
Sunday, against the American League‘s best team, the Oakland Athletics, Heaney allowed four earned runs in six innings, increasing his ERA to 5.29. He did strikeout four batters and now has 12 strikeouts on the year. The competition is only going to get tougher for Heaney, who has struggled since going six strong against the Mets.
The next potential start for Heaney is against the St. Louis Cardinals, the defending National League champions. Although his starts are a part of the learning experience, you do not want to hurt the young guy’s morale as the season continues. Another loss and a four-plus earned run total could do some damage. It is going to take some time for Heaney to pull himself back together, but with more opportunities comes more experience for Heaney to get under his belt.
Heaney is the No. 2 starter for the Marlins currently. There is no sign of him getting optioned back to triple-A anytime soon. The rest of the season is in the palm of Heaney’s hand. He will get the hang of things and really show why he’s considered to be the best young lefty in baseball.