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February 28, 2014

Raising Aces

Bush League: Andrew Heaney

by Doug Thorburn


Lefty starter Andrew Heaney was chosen by the Miami Marlins with the ninth overall selection of the 2012 draft, taken out of Oklahoma State University. He was the fifth pitcher taken in the top nine picks, and the second southpaw (behind Max Fried). Ranked no. 30 on the BP Top 101 prospect list, Heaney has enjoyed a seamless transition to pro ball, and though his strikeout rate doesn't jump off the page, his strong command has fueled excellent run prevention.

Level

GS

IP

ERA

K%

BB%

H%

HR%

A+

12

61.7

0.88

25.6%

6.6%

17.4%

0.8%

AA

6

33.7

2.94

16.7%

6.5%

22.5%

1.4%

Heaney has been very consistent in his run suppression, as the lefty has allowed more than two earned runs just three times in his 24 career starts. He gave up earnies in only four of his 12 starts in the Florida State League in 2013, otherwise raining zeroes all over his game log. He gave up runs in five of his six Double-A outings, though he kept the damage to a minimum. Heaney was held to a low pitch count, exceeding 87 pitches in a single Southern League contest, though he pitched six or more innings in four of his six games due to his pitch-count efficiency, with a rain-shortened game standing in the way of a five-for-six. He also kept a tight noose on home runs, allowing just four jacks in his 95.3 total innings of work.

Jason Parks and the BP prospect crew put a grade of 6+ on Heaney's fastball, describing it as “a creeper pitch in the low-mid-90s” that “can touch 96 when he needs it,” and placed a similar 6+ grade on the potential of his slider. The changeup earned a 5+ on the potential scale, representing a common scenario in which an off-speed pitch is a focal point of development for pitchers who already possess a solid heater and breaking pitch.

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