Calling all arms!!! Who will be in the Los Angeles Angels rotation in 2016?
Andrew Heaney, who the Angels traded veteran second baseman Howie Kendrick to get in a three-team trade with the Dodgers and Marlins had a solid first season for the Angels. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Heaney – Heaney burst on the scene when Jered Weaver went down with an arm injury in mid-June starting out 5-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his first six starts before coming back down to Earth in the last two months of the season where Heaney went 1-4 with a 4.47 ERA in his final 12 starts. Heaney finished 2015 with a 6-3 record and an ERA of 3.49 which was the lowest of any starter in the rotation. He also won the July rookie pitcher of the month going 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA. So the question becomes does Heaney bump a veteran out of the rotation, or does he start off in the bullpen or in the minors. Much of this may depend on what Heaney does in Spring Training. After being acquired from the Dodgers in a three-team trade that sent Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers, Heaney did not fair well in Spring Training earning him a trip to the minors to begin the 2015 season. If he has a strong spring in 2016 Heaney should make the starting rotation. If not a trip to the minors or possibly a bullpen stint (which I doubt) may ensue. He is a potential ace in training so whatever Scioscia decides to do with Heaney will be important to his development into the leader of the staff. My best guess is that somehow Heaney will find a way into the 2016 rotation in April.
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