Heaney could be headed to Triple-A

Andrew Heaney appears to be in line for a promotion.

No, the touted left-hander will not be headed to the Marlins. Not just yet. But the soon-to-be 23-year-old could be on his way to Triple-A New Orleans.

Heaney on Saturday night was impressive for Double-A Jacksonville in a win against Pensacola. In 7 2/3 innings, the lefty struck out eight, allowed two runs on eight hits and walked one. His pitch count was up to 108 when he was lifted with two outs in the eighth.

All indications are Heaney made his ninth and final start for Jacksonville.

With a 4-2 record and 2.35 ERA, Heaney is showing he’s accomplished Double-A, and is ready for a higher experienced level of hitters.

It’s a matter of time before Heaney gets his first big league opportunity. But first, the organization appears ready to see how the lefty, who turns 23 on June 5, does against hitters in the Pacific Coast League.

Heaney is the Marlins’ top prospect, according to MLB.com. He’s also ranked as the top lefty prospect in the game.

Joe Frisaro

2 Comments

First of all, I am not a fan of the fact that he threw that many pitches today, especially after he has thrown a good amount in his last couple of starts. Andrew Heaney didnt throw a lot of innings last season b/c of injuries. He was able to get in some work in the Arizona Fall League, but he still shouldnt end up throwing more than 140-150 innings this year, and even that may be pushing it a little. Secondly, I dont want to see him in the PCL. No reason for it. When he gets promoted, it should be directly from AA. There is a reason that teams, and usually the Marlins do this, dont promote their top prospects, especially pitchers, to AAA. I dont want what happened to Zack Wheeler last year, and what is currently happening to Noah Syndergaard to happen to Heaney. If he is ready at some point in June, then go ahead and promote him to the big leagues. Otherwise, let him keep getting work in AA

what exactly is wrong with promoting a pitcher to AAA? He faces more advanced hitters that usually have seen time at the major leagues or are veterans that signed on a minor league contract and are waiting till they are needed. Noah Syndergaard looks fine to me. sure his ERA is a little high for an 1 or 2 type pitcher but he is still playing very well?

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