Heaney drawing intrigue at camp
JUPITER, Fla. — The more the Marlins see of Andrew Heaney, the more they are taking notice.
Heaney, ranked by MLB.com as the top lefty pitching prospect in the Majors, has certainly caught the attention of manager Mike Redmond and the staff.
A year ago, Jose Fernandez was the young pitching sensation.
If there is a sleeper candidate who could surprise and win a rotation spot out of Spring Training, it’s Heaney, the ninth overall pick in 2012.
“Very intriguing,” Redmond said. “He’s got great stuff. He’s got a great arm. He’s an exciting type of guy. You think about Jose, and what he was able to do last year. He’s one of those guys who is exciting. We know he’s a big part of our future. When that future starts, who knows? We know he’s a big part of it.”
Thus far, Heaney isn’t scheduled to start in any Grapefruit League games, but that is subject to change.
The Marlins have a B Game scheduled for Wednesday against the Cardinals on a back field in Jupiter. Heaney will likely pitch an inning. And the hope is to get him into a Grapefruit League game by the end of the week.
Redmond wants to see Heaney on the main fields.
Worth noting: Henderson Alvarez is throwing off the mound on Monday, and the plan is for him to make his first Grapefruit League start on Friday.
Carlos Marmol returned to the Dominican Republic to handle a visa issue. He could return as early as Monday night.
Henry Rodriguez, who reported to camp over the weekend after being held up by a visa matter in Venezuela, passed his physical and he has begun throwing.
Jacob Turner is starting on Monday against the Astros.
1) Furcal 2B
2) Yelich LF
3) Stanton RF
4) Jones 1B
5) Baker DH
6) McGehee 3B
7) Marisnick CF
8) Hechavarria SS
9) Mathis C
— Joe Frisaro