Andrew Heaney makes his much anticipated debut tonight against the Mets! Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

LIVE BLOG: Join us for Andrew Heaney's First Start!

It is the moment that diehard Marlins’ fans have been waiting for since the 2012 MLB draft. The 9th overall selection that June night was Andrew Heaney, a left hander from Oklahoma State. He was polished and had a great upside. Some even believed that he had the stuff to pitch in the majors that year. Miami chose the more traditional route, moving Andrew through A and AA, not rushing the prized young player.

This year there has been no denying that Heaney is ready for the spotlight. He has been eviscerating hitters in both AA and AAA, showing off a great fastball and a ridiculous curve. Tonight, the Marlins will get to see first hand just how talented this kid is. I am not saying that he is going to go out and throw a no-hitter (although I wouldn’t be so sure that he isn’t going to flirt with one), but I do believe he will demonstrate advanced pitching for a rookie making his first start. I also believe that at this moment he is the best pitcher in the Marlins rotation. Even better than Nathan Eovaldi.

This post will serve as an opportunity for you to join us as we watch the game and give updates to Heaney’s evening. Let us know what you think of his pitching in the comments below. We will be sure to let you know exactly what we are thinking as we get to watch one of the Marlins best pitchers for years to come!

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