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Andrew Heaney Facts


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Yes the WHIP is a bit high at 1.42, but for Triple-A, the PCL particularly, his ERA is solid sitting at 3.62.

 

Here's more good news. Andrew Heaney has held left-handers to a pathetic .069 average and has only allowed one home run in 37 1/3 innings. In those 37 1/3 innings he's fanned 36 batters. 

 

His rotation turn is around the same time as Richards, Wilson and Santiago, and all three of these guys rotation spots are safe. If anyone should be concerned it should be Shoemaker, but I doubt the Angels are going to have him on a short leash unless he has more of the same from his last start. He looked awfully good in his start before last Saturday's start, fanning 10 batters. 

 

Anyhow, it's nice to see our prized prospect doing well in AAA. Having starting pitching depth is HUGE! 

 

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Heaney 10.4 H/9 is very bloody high. Without having seen him it's hard to know if it's a bad luck thing or if he has just been very hittable, but it's still a little hard to look past.

 

On the flip side, only giving up 1 HR in seven PCL starts is pretty impressive.

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Heaney 10.4 H/9 is very bloody high. Without having seen him it's hard to know if it's a bad luck thing or if he has just been very hittable, but it's still a little hard to look past.

 

On the flip side, only giving up 1 HR in seven PCL starts is pretty impressive.

 

 

The park and parks in which he pitches in are very spacious with thin air, much like Coors Field. I can overlook the WHIP under these circumstances. 

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his fastball is hittable.  

 

he's gonna need to command the zone a bit better from what I have seen.  pitch backwards a bit when he gets behind.  his fastball isn't going to get him back into counts.  

 

Last night is a good example.  3 walks yet fewer hits.  Maybe he didn't give in as much.  

 

Richards started to really succeed when he could keep hitters honest by throwing his breaking stuff for strikes.  Something that happened when he ironed out his mechanics.  

 

Not saying Heaney's stuff is anywhere close, but since he's a strike thrower with his fastball, he's got to be careful about doing that in obvious fastball counts.  

 

Watching CJ pitch lately has been very interesting and may correlate a bit.  He normally dances around the zone and he's had success doing it.  He mentioned that last year he threw too many strikes when he was ahead in the count and he paid for it.  Sounded like bs at first, but it checks out.  This year, he's getting ahead and then sort of dancing around the zone trying to get guys to chase.  He's gone from 0-2 to 3-2 a ton.  It's doesn't work well for most guys, and will keep you from getting too deep into games, but it works for him.  

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Heaney's been pretty much exactly what the Angels expected when they sent him to AAA.  He has some consistency issues he's working out right now.  One start he's strikeout no one, and walk five while giving up no hits.  The next he'll strikeout 9, walk one and give up 10 hits.  Then he'll have one in between. 

 

His fastball in AAA so far has leveled at 91-93 and his change up is looking very good.  It's his breaking ball he's still finding a consistency with.  I think like Doc referred, the difference for Heaney will be as it was for Richards, being able to throw his slider and curve fore a strike.  Once he does that, he'll be major league ready, and likely slot in as a #3 starter. 

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Heaney 10.4 H/9 is very bloody high. Without having seen him it's hard to know if it's a bad luck thing or if he has just been very hittable, but it's still a little hard to look past.

 

On the flip side, only giving up 1 HR in seven PCL starts is pretty impressive.

 

BABIP of .387 vs a league average of .335.   Defense and the park.  

 

All of his indicators are above the league averages.

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On the Shoemaker subject, now that starting pitching depth is beginning to emerge, would it make sense to convert Shoe to being a late innings guy at some point? Makes sense that the fewer splitters thrown, the less stress on the elbow?

Shoe's actually had a higher percentage of splitters this year, he's just missing up and it's getting crushed.   On the plus side, his velocity has been creeping up so, Im guessing the 40 pound weight loss over the winter wasn't to his benefit.

Next year the Angels need to ship him cheesecakes all winter long.

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I think we may have the depth to trade one if the right piece becomes available to help the offense...and I would trade one of Santiago, Shoe, Tropeano if it brings back the right piece.

And next year you can add Skaggs to the depth chart.

Clearly CJ is the most expendable. If he has a good season and you can trade him without eating much salary, you do it.

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