The Miami Marlins (34-31) enjoyed a day off yesterday after a seven-game road trip in which the Fish emerged 4-3. They return to Miami today to face the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-34) in a three-game series. Nate Eovaldi takes the hill for the Marlins opposite Jeff Locke. Despite not allowing more than three runs in four consecutive starts, Eovaldi has taken the loss in his past two outings. Tonight’s game is also the expected return of Rafael Furcal, who has yet to play for the Marlins after signing a 1-year, $3.5M contract in the off season.
While the Fish were quiet in the Majors yesterday, focus shifted to Miami’s prospects and draft picks.
The Marlins signed third-round draft pick Brian Anderson. Anderson is an infielder out of the University of Arkansas, and was listed as the No. 69 (nice) best player available by Baseball America pre-draft.
Heaney, for now, remaining in New Orleans | Fish Pond
Recently rumors of an imminent promotion for Marlins prospect Andrew Heaney manifested after he was scratched from his scheduled start yesterday. The team squashed those hopes yesterday, explaining that they are simply skipping his start to reduce his inning total.
The lefty has racked up 79 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings between AA-Jacksonville and AAA-New Orleans in 2014.
Heaney was Miami’s first-round draft pick in 2012, going No. 9 overall.
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The Marlins are reportedly reeling the No. 2 overall draft pick, Tyler Kolek. There are no reports on how much the deal will be worth, but a deal should be finalized soon, according to Joe Frisaro at the Fish Pond.