Predicting LA Angels 2018 rotation

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 11: Starting pitcher Garrett Richards
GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 11: Starting pitcher Garrett Richards /
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ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 03: Andrew Heaney /

Andrew Heaney

Andrew Heaney was just plain bad last year. Coming off a serious injury, Heaney pitched in only 21.2 innings last season, posting an atrocious 7.06 ERA. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt however, because the potential is there with him.

Having been drafted in the first round of the 2012 MLB draft by the Miami Marlins, ninth overall, Heaney performed spectacularly in his first season with the Angels in 2015. In 105.2 innings pitched, he posted a 3.49 ERA with a 1.202 WHIP, solid numbers for a mid-rotational piece.

But, like Skaggs and Richards, he too also suffered a major injury to his elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery on July 1, 2016. Incredibly enough, Heaney bounced back from his injury quickly and actually pitched in his next season, an injury that would usually sit pitchers for an entire season.

But, it was a rough welcoming for Heaney. He pitched poorly when given the opportunity and suffered a minor injury that would have him miss three games. Maybe it’s a timing thing for him.

There is so much potential with Heaney given his high draft pick and successful 2015 season. If he bounces back from injury and has another 2014 season, the Angels have another solid pitching option to like.