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Heany ranked 2014 top lefty prospect from mlb.com. Here are the articles and you can find the 20-80 scale numbers in details.

 

1. Andrew Heaney, Marlins: A strained lat kept Heaney from making his season debut until May. It was worth the wait, however, as he reached Double-A and ended the year by dominating the Arizona Fall League. Heaney's advanced pitchability and three-pitch mix have helped him quickly move through the Minor Leagues and give him a chance to make an impact in Miami soon.

 

Also, Nicolino named No.7 southpaw prospect list.

 

7. Justin Nicolino, Marlins: Part of the return the Marlins received in their blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays in November 2012, Nicolino is a polished left-hander. His low-90s fastball, changeup and big, sweeping curveball all play up thanks to his above-average command and intelligence on the mound.

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His numbers in Jupiter were unreal, and he's done great in his 9 starts in Jacksonville. In terms of prospect caliber he isn't Jose (although lets be honest, not many people outside of King Felix and Kershaw are) but he's going to be really good really soon. He seems more likely the consistently good style pitcher than just forceful dominance if you understand me. He won't put up huge strikeout numbers, but his best attribute is that he has absolutely great command of the strike zone. I remember when we drafted him that his K/BB walk ratio was the most eye popping stat because he simply never walked people.

 

Long term he projects as a great #2 option to Jose. While not the ideal comparison, I see Heaney as a Tom Glavine type guy if everything goes well. Not overpowering, great command of the strike zone and simply gets hitters out. This ballpark is going to do wonders for Heaney's numbers.

 

And like Lou said, June is the time to call him up so we get an extra year of service time. It's amazing to think that if Loria waited until mid April, which would've been ONE LESS START, we would have a whole extra year of service time for Fernandez. We all know Jose is great (although we all had our concerns when he started opening day), but we also all understood then and still understand now how absolutely moronic it was for us to not wait at least a week to call him up.

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If we could stay around .500 and Heaney comes up to replace the #5, it could be a fun season down the stretch despite my opinion of the offense inevitably regressing at some point.

 

Fernandez, Eovaldi, Alvarez, Heaney, Koehler/Turner/whoever is a rotation that can keep the team in games on a pretty consistent basis.

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If we could stay around .500 and Heaney comes up to replace the #5, it could be a fun season down the stretch despite my opinion of the offense inevitably regressing at some point.

 

Fernandez, Eovaldi, Alvarez, Heaney, Koehler/Turner/whoever is a rotation that can keep the team in games on a pretty consistent basis.

Not to mention the soon to be Baker/Jones platoon and a possible Marisnick sighting. Should be a fun season.

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