Heaney, for now, remaining in New Orleans
MIAMI — Don’t read too much into this, but Andrew Heaney will not be starting for Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday night at El Paso.
No worries, the Marlins’ top prospect is not hurt. And no, Heaney is not on the verge of being called up to Miami.
The organization is simply skipping Heaney from starting Thursday to hold back his innings. Nothing more.
The only way Heaney will be able to pitch into September is by slowing down his innings from time to time along the way.
Heaney already has logged 76 2/3 innings, with 53 2/3 at Double-A Jacksonville and 23 more at New Orleans.
Ranked as the top lefty prospect in the game by MLB.com, Heaney is living up to the billing. He’s combined for a 7-2 record with a 2.47 ERA.
Heaney has fanned 79 and walked 15.
Based on performance, Heaney is making a strong case to be called up. But there is a logistical side to the sport.
Before the 23-year-old gets the big league nod, the Marlins will have to make a corresponding 40-man roster move.
Miami’s front office has some tough decisions to make. On Friday, they are expected to reinstate second baseman Rafael Furcal from the 60-day disabled list.
Before Furcal joins the team, someone currently on the 40-man must be moved.
Also, before opting for Heaney, the Marlins will have to identify which starter he replaces. Someone may have to move to the bullpen.
All Heaney can do in the meantime is his part, and pitch at a high level. Everything else is out of his control.
– Joe Frisaro