Andrew Heaney Scouting Report (2014)
A year removed from Jose Fernandez capturing Rookie of the Year honors, Andrew Heaney is the next man up in the pipeline of young Marlins arms. Selected with the 9th pick of the 2012 draft, Miami hoped Heaney would take an accelerated path to the big leagues. A 2013 lat strain forced the Oklahoma State product to miss the first seven weeks of the season, pushing back his timetable. After an April look, Heaney is on the cusp of his Major League debut.
Listed at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Heaney has physical projection left. Long and lean, the young lefty looks stoic in the windup. With a three-quarters arm slot and easy arm action, his velocity is a product of consistency and power generated from his base. Heaney’s core is in near-perfect symmetry. Everything is laid back and easy.
A three pitch pitcher, Heaney relies on solid-average command and aggressiveness to dominate hitters. On a frigid evening, Heaney’s two-seam fastball sat 88-91 MPH. The result was weak contact and called strikes. He can also reach back for velocity when needed, registering multiple 93’s on the radar gun. His fastball has terrific, sinking arm-side run. Command to the corners keep hitters off balance. Early in counts, Heaney worked his fastball away, then expanded the arsenal to finish off hitters.
Due to weather conditions, Andrew Heaney was hesitant to throw his breaking pitch. His slider (78-79 MPH) flashed plus potential in a four pitch, 3rd inning cameo. With solid sweeping action, the pitch drops completely off the table, leaving hitters a tangled mess of arms, legs and bat in its aftermath. Every slider (self-classified by Heaney) finished out of the zone, resulting in wild swings. It is his true swing and miss offering.
An 80-82 MPH sinking changeup completes the trifecta of pitches. A solid offering, Heaney’s arm action is consistent with his fastball. The velocity differential and sinking action adds to the strength of the pitch. Command of his changeup lags behind his fastball. While he throws it for strikes, Heaney struggles with its location. Too much of the plate is bad for any changeup. Against a weak hitting Double-A lineup, it’s not a problem. Against a Major League lineup, he’d be in some trouble.
The addition of Heaney to the front end of the Miami Marlins would give them a young nucleus on par with other teams in the division. Before that occurs, Heaney has to add a touch more polish. His stuff should survive in the Majors as is. However, commanding the changeup would help the left-hander go from a starter with solid average projection to more. Look for the Marlins to call up Heaney by mid-season. Dreaming on a Jose Fernandez, Andrew Heaney, Nathan Eovaldi rotation is a beautiful thing for Marlins fans.
TOOL PRESENT FUTURE Fastball 50 55 Slider 55 60 Changeup 45 50 Control 55 65 Command 50 60 PROJECTED ROLE NO. 2 STARTER ON A FIRST DIVISION TEAM
Owning Andrew Heaney
If Heaney is available in your dynasty league, owning him is a no brainer. With every pitch projecting to be solid average or better, Heaney should be a solid two starter. He’ll provide quality numbers, especially above average strikeout numbers, for fantasy owners.
17 Jun 2014 / Chris Blessing / 4
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