Earlier this week, the Angels made their first trade with the Dodgers since 1976, acquiring catcher Drew Butera for cash or a Player to Be Named Later. On Wednesday night, they made their second trade of the week with the former Brooklyn franchise, acquiring lefty Andrew Heaney for veteran Howie Kendrick.
Here is a look at the newest Angel.
Andrew Heaney was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 24th round of the 2009 draft. He did not sign. The Rays GM was Andrew Friedman. He was taken with the ninth pick of the first round in the 2012 draft by the Marlins out of Oklahoma State. Earlier Wednesday Andrew Friedman, now president of baseball operations for the Dodgers, oversaw a trade of Heaney and prospects to the Dodgers.
But just like in 2009, Friedman did not have him for long. What did he give up?
In three seasons in the minor leagues, Heaney put up a 2.77 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP and a 9.1 K/9 and an equally impressive 3.85 K/BB.
He made the majors two years after being drafted. The Angels have him for his age 24 thru 29 seasons.
He had a cup of coffee with the Marlins in 2015 and did not put up great numbers but the Marlins were aggressive in promoting him at a young age, and the scouting reports on him rave, rave and rave. He has developed a changeup and is one of the smarter pitchers in the game, learning as he goes along, say numerous reports.
Back in January, MLB.com rated him the best left-handed pitching prospect in the minors.
Our own HALOS HEAVEN poster angelsownredux did some digging about Heaney and posted the following info in the comments of the initial trade thread here on the site. If you missed them there here they are:
According to multiple sources, including this one from Keith Law, Heaney is potentially a number two:
If he threw harder and had a somewhat cleaner delivery, he’d be a top 10 or 15 overall prospect, but as is I think he’s a good No. 3 starter trending up toward a No. 2 because of his control and how hard it is for hitters to pick up the ball.
Heaney makes it look simple, with easy arm action and a smooth delivery he repeats well. He gets easy velocity on his fastball, touching 95 mph regularly, particularly in two-strike counts. When he needs a little more he can push it up to 97. He has learned, however, that his command is a little crisper when he sits in the 91-93 range. There’s a little deception to it and natural giddy-up at the end that gives hitters fits, even at the lower velocity. Heaney locates his fastball well down in the zone. His plus slider can be a wipeout pitch, with late, hard, sharp break that finishes outside of the hitting zone. He keeps hitters off-balance with his changeup, a valuable weapon against righthanded hitters[…]He’ll have to prove he can hold up to a full workload to fulfill his potential as a No. 2 starter, but he should join Miami’s young rotation by the end of 2014.
Not convinced? John Sickels weighs in:
Born June 5, 1991, Heaney makes dominance look easy, throwing a 90-95 MPH fastball (sometimes as high as 97) with a low-effort delivery. He locates the fastball with precision, made all the more effective due to the contrast with a wicked slider (likely his best overall pitch) and a very good changeup.