Future Watch: Andrew Heaney Baseball Rookie Cards, L.A. Angels – Andrew Heaney is a major league pitcher who’s already had a very interesting career and he’s only 25 games into so far. He’s had more twists and turns then a Hitchcock movie and yet he’s managed to preserver.
Heaney was first drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009. They got him in the 24th round but he didn’t sign with the club.
A few years later he was the 9th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur draft. At 6′-2″, 185lbs, and the fact that he’s a lefty made him a hot commodity. By 2014, the Marlins elevated him to the big club and he pitched in 7 games in a combination of starts and pitching out of the pen in long relief. He pitched 29 innings, striking out 20 but he had no wins, three losses and an era north of 5.00.
In December 2014, Heaney was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of the Dee Gordon, 6 player deal. But he never pitched for the Dodgers. Later that day he was flipped to the rival L.A. Angels for the notable, Howie Kendrick.
Finally with a place to play in California, the Oklahoma native could settle in and for a good portion of the 2015 season he was up with Anaheim. He managed 18 starts, going 6-4 with a 3.49 ERA. In just over 105 innings he struck out 78 batters and yielded only 28 free passes.
As far as collectors are concerned, Heaney has a bevy of first year/pre-rookie and rookie cards. His first autographed card is in 2012 Bowman Draft. He has some interesting cards in more recent years including a Dual Autograph with Giancarlo Stanton in 2014 Topps Supreme and a Collegiate Patch Autograph from 2015 Elite Extra Edition. Several Patch Autographs can also be found in 2014 Panini National Treasures.
You never know what’s going to happen in the future but most would have to think that the Angels have found themselves a top of the rotation pitcher.
Here’s a good look at Heaney:
Future Watch: Andrew Heaney Baseball Rookie Cards, L.A. Angels – Image Gallery
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