Andrew Heaney

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Andrew Heaney
Los Angeles Angels – No. 28
Pitcher
Born: (1991-06-05) June 5, 1991 (age 28)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 19, 2014, for the Miami Marlins
MLB statistics
(through September 19, 2019)
Win–loss record20–26
Earned run average4.47
Strikeouts423
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Andrew M. Heaney (born June 5, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). Prior to becoming a professional, he played college baseball for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Miami Marlins drafted Heaney in the first round (9th overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. He made his MLB debut in 2014. He previously played for the Marlins organization, where, in 2012, he earned the nickname "Heanerschnitzel" (or alternatively, "Hean Dog") after winning a locker room hotdog-eating contest among teammates.[1][2][3]

Amateur career[edit]

Heaney attended Putnam City High School in Warr Acres, Oklahoma, where he played for the school's baseball team.[4][5] He was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 24th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign, opting to enroll at Oklahoma State University, where he played college baseball for the Oklahoma State Cowboys, competing in the Big 12 Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. In the summer of 2011, he pitched in collegiate summer baseball for the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[6]

In 2012, Heaney's junior season, he pitched to an 8-2 win–loss record and a 1.60 earned run average in ​118 13 innings pitched. He led all NCAA pitchers with 140 strikeouts.[7] Heaney was named Big 12 Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Year in 2012.[8] Heaney was a unanimous All-America selection, being named a first-team All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, the American Baseball Coaches Association, and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Miami Marlins[edit]

The Miami Marlins drafted Heaney in the first round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. Heaney was the ninth overall selection and received an estimated $2.6 million signing bonus.[7]

Heaney began the 2013 season with the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, and was promoted to the Jacksonville Suns of the Class AA Southern League in August. Between Jupiter and Jacksonville, he amassed a 34 inning scoreless streak.[10] Heaney began the 2014 season with Jacksonville, and was promoted to the New Orleans Zephyrs of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League in May. In his Class AAA debut, he faced the Oklahoma City Redhawks and went five innings, allowing one run on seven hits while adding seven strikeouts and no walks. He took a no decision.[11]

Heaney made his Major League debut on June 19, 2014, against the New York Mets. In his debut, Heaney went six innings and allowed one run while striking out three batters. He took the loss in a 1-0 game.[12]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim / Los Angeles Angels[edit]

On December 10, 2014, the Marlins traded Heaney to the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with Chris Hatcher, Austin Barnes, and Enrique Hernández, in exchange for Dan Haren, Dee Gordon, and Miguel Rojas.[13] Five hours later, he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels, in exchange for Howie Kendrick.[14] Heaney thanked the Dodgers for their short time together, tweeting, "Well, @Dodgers we had a good run! Great to be a part of such a storied franchise. #thanksforthememories".[15]

After some injuries to the starting rotation, Heaney was called up and made 18 starts for the Angels. He went 6-4 in 105 innings while displaying an excellent strikeout to walk ratio of 2.79 for Anaheim.

In 2016, Heaney made the Angels opening day rotation as their #2 starter. In what turned out to be his only start, after allowing 4 runs in 6 innings, Heaney left the game. After the game, Heaney felt discomfort in his elbow, he was immediately placed on the disabled list. On April 30, Heaney received a platelet rich plasma injection in his left elbow, sidelining him for 6 weeks.[16] On June 28, Heaney underwent evaluations on his elbow and found no improvement, pushing back his return even further.[17] On July 1, Heaney underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the remainder of the 2016 season.[18] Heaney would finish his 2016 season with an ERA of 6.00 in six innings.[19] In 2017, in 21.2 innings he was 1-2 with a 7.06 ERA.[20]

On June 5, 2018, the day of his 27th birthday, Heaney pitched a one-hit complete game shutout as the Angels won 1–0 over the Kansas City Royals.[21] Heaney was the only Angels starter to start 30 games in 2018. He finished the 2018 season 9-10 with an ERA of 4.15 and 180 strikeouts in 180 innings.[20]

Heaney entered 2019 as the projected #1 starter but suffered an elbow inflammation and was shut down after his first spring start. He was shut down again on March 28 after experiencing a setback during a side session.[22]

On July 6, 2019, Heaney became the first pitcher to start after the passing of fellow left-hander Tyler Skaggs. His first pitch against George Springer of Houston Astros was mimicking an overhand and slow curveball, which was Skaggs' best pitch, and was unchallenged with no swing.[23]

Pitching style[edit]

Heaney is an overhand pitcher with a long stride. He throws three pitches: a four-seam fastball that averages 92 miles per hour (148 km/h) and can touch 95 miles per hour (153 km/h), a curveball at 80 miles per hour (130 km/h), and a changeup at 84 miles per hour (135 km/h).[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrew Heaney - Baseball Reference". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Andrew Heaney - Twitter @Heandog8". twitter.com. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  3. ^ "MLB Los Angeles Angels' Players' Weekend Nicknames 2018". mlb.com. August 9, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "High school notebook: Chad James wins duel". Newsok.com. March 24, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "College baseball: Oklahoma State ace Andrew Heaney's 'fan club' keeps growing". Newsok.com. March 21, 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  6. ^ Dan Popko (August 12, 2011). "Gatemen swept out of CCBL playoffs". SouthCoastToday.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Spencer, Clark (December 9, 2011). "Miami Marlins top pick Andrew Heaney signs". MiamiHerald.com. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "2012 All-Big 12 Baseball Teams & Postseason Awards Unveiled". Big 12 Conference. May 22, 2012. Retrieved May 27, 2012.
  9. ^ "Oklahoma scene: OSU's Andrew Heaney named All-American by Baseball America". NewsOK.com. June 22, 2012. Retrieved July 15, 2012.
  10. ^ "Left-handed pitcher Andrew Heaney, the Miami Marlins No. 3 prospect, is dominating the Minor Leagues | marlins.com: News". Miami.marlins.mlb.com. February 8, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  11. ^ "Andrew Heaney, top-rated left-handed pitching prospect, to start for New Orleans Zephyrs on Thursday". NOLA.com. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  12. ^ Andrew Heaney - Los Angeles Angels - 2019 Player Profile - Rotoworld.com
  13. ^ Gurnick, Ken (December 11, 2014). "Dodgers adding Kendrick, Rollins in trades". MLB.com. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  14. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (December 11, 2014). "Angels deal Kendrick, get Heaney, Rutledge". MLB.com. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  15. ^ Townsend, Mark (December 11, 2014). "Andrew Heaney thanks Dodgers for memorable five-hour tenure". Sports.Yahoo.com.
  16. ^ http://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/la-sp-angels-report-20160501-story.html
  17. ^ Angels' Andrew Heaney: Evaluation shows no improvement in injured elbow - CBSSports.com
  18. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/news/angels-lhp-andrew-heaney-tommy-john-surgery-011714404--mlb.html#
  19. ^ "Andrew Heaney Stats, Fantasy & News". Los Angeles Angels. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  20. ^ a b Andrew Heaney Stats | Baseball-Reference.com
  21. ^ "Heaney pitches one-hitter on 27th birthday". MLB. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  22. ^ https://www.latimes.com/sports/angels/la-sp-andrew-heaney-angels-20190328-story.html
  23. ^ McCullough, Andy. "Andrew Heaney pays tribute to Tyler Skaggs in Angels' loss to Astros". latimes.com. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  24. ^ Player Card: Andrew Heaney

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