Mar 1, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Andrew Heaney (70) throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins Need to Promote Andrew Heaney, Immediately

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.

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  • Andy Harris

    Relax. just 2 more weeks and Andy will be called up. Not me, unfortunately, as my name is Andy and I’m a lefty. It looks like there will be a flurry of action at that time as Hand gets the door. Sorry to see Hand go. I wish he could have put more movement on his fastball, maybe someday he will. Wolf will be a good long man. For a million bucks, a spot on a major league roster and being 40 years old, Wolf won’t be complaining.

    BTW, do you think that the baseballs are now being kept in a non air conditioned room at home? 10 degrees difference can add lots of lift to the balls. Somebody please do an expose’. It’s difficult to compare our numbers as we sucked really bad least season that anything would look like an improvement. One interesting fact would be to see the difference in visiting teams stats at our famous covered cow pasture that meets green prison walls.

    Heated balls can be the reason for the juiced offense or the fact that Dapper Dan Jennings finally removed the autographed picture of Larry Dangerfield Beinfest from the ball room. UP, UP, AND AWAY!!

    • ehsank24

      Normally, I’d be pushing for the Marlins to watch his clock, but with the team 2 games above .500 and playing in a very mediocre division, they cannot afford to lose ground if they want to be in contention come late June/July.

      • Andy Harris

        I have confidence that the FO will make moves this June to get Heaney up. There are other clubs counting the super 2 clock who we may trade with. This team is coming together nicely, I am thrilled after the past 2 seasons. If I were Loria, well, if I were in Loria’s position, that’s better; I’d realize that this and next seasons will be his best chance for a top quality team that is reasonably priced. Stanton will cost at least $20 million and Cishek at least $10 million in 2 years. The future is now, or at least the future is in 2 weeks.

  • 20Mrssl

    Call him up already he could give the Marlins that spark that we lost when Fernandez hit the dl.

  • Dzac

    Wolf will only need to make 2 more starts until the super 2 deadline passes against two subpar teams in the rays and cubs, id wait to call him up until then

    • ehsank24

      That’s a good point. But even then, those two teams have hitters that could hurt the Marlins in a single game. Especially with an inferior pitcher like Wolf.