Today the Club recalled LHP Andrew Heaney from Triple-A Salt Lake. Heaney will start today's contest against the Astros.— Angels (@Angels) June 24, 2015
Andrew Heaney, the lefty who was acquired from the Dodgers in the Howie Kendrick trade, will make his first start for the Angels today. He's been one of the top prospects for the Angels since coming into the organization, and to many this move was not a matter of "if", but "when". Today is "When". Here's our own Rghan on Heaney from earlier this season:
The Halos' new top prospect had an interesting season, defined primarily by pronounced splits. Major league righties mashed .309/.364/.580 against him, but more on that in a moment. Heaney mowed down lefties, including major leaguers, fanning 29% while walking only 5% with a straightforward down-and-away fastball/slider approach. When same-handers did manage contact, they pounded the ball into the ground at a 63% rate. Even when they got the bat head out in front to pull, it was all they could do to roll over to the right side of the infield 87% of the time. That's dominance.
We also highlighted the pitcher back in December, when the whole trade went down:
This move will push Garrett Richards back to a Saturday start, then they'll probably trot out three LHPs(Santiago, Wilson, Heaney), and who knows? Maybe if he can show his stuff, he'll stick, freeing up another starter as a trade chip.
All of a sudden, i'm excited for today's game.