Feb 24, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (28), starting pitcher Nick Tropeano (35) and pitcher Adam Wilk (72) walk to the practice fields during a work out at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Angels
Andrew Heaney, Starting Pitcher
The Angels have been big spenders in the past several offseasons.
Josh Hamilton for five seasons and $125 million in 2012.
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This cost them three separate high draft picks, something they desperately could have used for a farm system that, according to MLB.com, last had a top 100 ranked prospect in 2013 with Kaleb Cowart, who rolled in at #78.
This past winter, they sent Kendrick to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Andrew Heaney, a top pitching prospect who L.A. themselves had just acquired 15 minutes earlier from Miami. Seriously.
Heaney immediately becomes the team’s best prospect, but this says less about the state of their MiLB system and more about Heaney’s super high ceiling as a potential staff ace.
It was thought that Miami would boast young studs Jose Fernandez and Heaney as a 1-2 punch of the future. But Tommy John surgery and the Marlins jumping at the chance to acquire sought after Dee Gordon, that won’t happen.
Heaney, 23, cruised right on through the Minor League system to earn a promotion last June. He struggled mightily in the bigs, but career Minor League numbers –including ERA’s of 0.88 in A and 2.58 in AA– but he was probably rushed through AAA, even though his stats weren’t all that bad, because the Marlins often do that with their young prospects.
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