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September 3, 2014

Deep Impact

Week 22

by Ben Carsley


Out, out, brief intro!

Andrew Heaney, SP, Marlins
Remember Heaney? One of the better left-handed pitching prospects in the game, the 23-year-old had a rough introduction to life in the majors earlier this season. He allowed 15 earned runs across 20 2/3 innings and four starts and was relegated back to the minor leagues in early July. Heaney’s been decent if unspectacular in Triple-A ever since, and now finds himself back in the major leagues as rosters are expanding. With Henderson Alvarez possibly in line to miss some starts, that makes Heaney relevant for our purposes once again.

Heaney’s overall line in Triple-A is pretty uninspiring. He’s got a 3.87 ERA with a matching FIP, but he struck out 26 percent of the batters he faced while walking just 6.6 percent. If you’ll allow me a moment of cherry picking, he’s been particularly decent as of late, posting a 3.09 ERA in his last five starts and throwing seven quality starts in his last 11 tries. He’s not ready to come up and dominate, but he’s much better than he showed us in the beginning of the year.

Feel free to spend a little FAAB money on Heaney in deep leagues. He’s not going to carry you down the stretch, but he plays in a great home ballpark and odds are he’ll get a few favorable starts before the season is over. There’s the potential for Heaney to serve as a no. 3 fantasy starter in time, but for now expect a lot of strikeouts with a tolerable-if-unpleasant ERA when he pitches.

Dilson Herrera, 2B, Mets
In a somewhat surprising move, the Mets summoned Herrera to the majors last week after Daniel Murphy hit the DL with a calf injury. Herrera’s had a great year, to be sure, hitting .323/.379/.479 in 587 PA in the minors. All of those PA came in Double- or High-A, however, making a promotion to the majors quite the aggressive path for the Columbian prospect.

Late last week, Jeff Moore did a terrific job and Craig Goldstein sloppily cobbled together some words on Herrera’s call-up, which you can read here. I’ll echo Craig’s sentiment about Herrera’s long-term value, but I suppose I’m slightly more optimistic about his short-term value if only because he’s essentially guaranteed everyday playing time for the remainder of the year. The Mets will want to see exactly what they have in the young infielder, and while the likely scenario is they see a player who needs more seasoning in the high minors, Herrera can still provide some value to those in 20-team mixed or NL-only leagues in the interim.

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