Let's face it: Even if he did inherit a rotation spot,
And as I pointed out in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog, Henderson Alvarez's strained oblique gives Heaney that shot.
His numbers in the PCL wouldn't suggest he's a finished product, but it is a hitter's league. Generally speaking, he throws strikes and misses bats, which is exactly what you want to see from a young left-hander, but he's already thrown about 60 more innings than he had all of last year.
If I was looking to add a starting pitcher who was just called up for September, I'd go for Taijuan Walker before I went for Heaney, but that doesn't mean Heaney is someone to ignore.
The Marlins recalled pitchers
With the expansion of major league rosters less than a week away, the focus of many Fantasy owners is on potential pickups among the September callups. There could be some big names, like Joc Pederson, Francisco Lindor, Archie Bradley, and eventually, Rusney Castillo, coming up, but the one who could make the biggest impact is
Unlike the aforementioned prospects, Heaney has already made his major league debut, and his four-start stint this summer with the
Though his 3.77 ERA for the month may not look all that impressive, a sub-4.00 ERA in the Pacific Coast League deserves notice. So does a 1.80 ground-out-to-air-out ratio (per MinorLeagueBaseball.com), which has helped Heaney to allow just two home runs this month.
Given the recent struggles of Nathan Eovaldi and Brad Hand in the Marlins' rotation, there would seem to be an opportunity for Heaney to get another chance at the major league level. Given his recent body of work in the minors, he just might stand a better chance at succeeding this time around.
Heaney has a 1-3 record and 5.96 ERA with the Zephyrs since going down. He gave up four earned runs in three innings pitched in his last start.
"No matter how fast you want to speed up the clock, it still takes time to develop a prospect," Marlins general manager Dan Jennings said. "It does. There's finer points of the game, that until you're polished, when you get up here, they're exposed."
Heaney was tagged with 15 earned runs in 20 2/3 innings in four starts in the majors, after dominating at Triple-A. He put up a 2.74 ERA in his first 23 innings at New Orleans, but the team wants to see him use his change up more while controlling both sides of the plate.
"Those were things that were identified for him in the offseason," Jennings said. "He's made strides."
He was skipped in the rotation the first time through at New Orleans, in an effort to keep him available to pitch in September, even with an innings limit.
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