The Miami Marlins need to promote Andrew Heaney, A.S.AP., service time be damned.
The organization made the decision to promote their top prospect to Triple-A last week and Heaney has already looked to have mastered the level, in just two starts.
On Tuesday night, Heaney pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just one hit, and struck out 7 hitters. Only Bryan Peterson, the the former Marlin, reached base with a single as the third hitter in the game. Heaney was dominant after that.
Heaney was at just 78 pitches through six innings. He could have probably gone another inning or two, but was the game was first delayed 45 minutes due to rain and later called due to the field being unplayable on.
In his two starts with the New Orleans Zephyrs, Heaney has pitched 11 innings, struck out 14 hitters, hasn’t walked anyone, and allowed just 8 hits.
Heaney has proven that he is ready to be inserted into the Marlins starting rotation now. Randy Wolf is not going to get the job done for the Marlins, as his disastrous first start and career 4.20 ERA.
Steamer projects Wolf to post a 4.32 ERA and a 4.31 FIP for the rest of the season, while Heaney is projected to post a 4.02 ERA and a 3.90 FIP.
With the Marlins keeping pace in the NL East early in the season, the team would be wise to try and keep up their chances of staying alive as long as possible. Inserting Andrew Heaney gives the Marlins that chance. Keeping Wolf in the rotation does not.
What do you guys think? Should the Marlins ignore the super-2 issues and promote Heaney now? Or should they wait? Let us know how you feel in the comments.