Heaney wins Rookie of the Month

By Ryan Whitehead

With a 4-0 record, 1.98 ERA, and 19 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings, Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney has certainly deserved some recognition. He is the first Angels pitcher to win this award since Matt Shoemaker won the award last year.

Heaney is only the second left-hander and first in Angels history to allow at least two runs in six innings or fewer in his first six starts. Jared Weaver was the first pitcher in in franchise history with seven starts back in 2006. His 1.97 ERA leads all AL rookies in his four starts so far, he has not allowed any more than three runs.

In a season that has seen C.J. Wilson go in the DL for the rest of the season. Heaney is expected to fill that void down the final stretch. The incredible numbers Heaney has put up so far has solidified him a spot in the starting rotation. In his only loss to the Dodgers last Saturday, Heaney only allowed two runs on four hits through 5 1/3 innings. He is also known not to give up that many walks or home runs, which means he’ll most likely stay in the rotation for the rest of the season.

So far, the 24-year old leftie has shown what great pick up he has been for the Angels. The rotation is starting to show its age in Wilson and Jared Weaver, who has begun a rehab assignment in Rancho Cucamonga, went on the DL back in June. Now with Wilson on the DL, the rotation has a void. Heaney has been a great fill in since being brought up