The Los Angeles Angels Rotation Is It’s Own Answer

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 29: Garrett Richards
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 29: Garrett Richards /
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ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Andrew Heaney
ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 20: Andrew Heaney /

Andrew Heaney
4 starts, 1-1, 5.31 ERA, 1.38 WHIP

One of the best pitching prospects of 2015 is finally healthy. After missing nearly all of the last two seasons due to injury, Andrew Heaney got off to a slow start this season, then started showing his stuff. Against the Yankees, he threw five strong innings, striking out nine while working out of several tough situations without losing his composure and compounding hits with walks. In his next start, at home against Baltimore, he did the same, working out of difficult situations with strikeouts while not making things worse for himself.

It’s easy to look at the box scores for those two games and get excited; just two runs allowed over 11 innings is pretty solid work, after all, and 24 strikeouts in just 20.1 innings is something to hang his hat on. However, he’s still less than 50 innings removed from Tommy John surgery, and the road back promises to be uneven. That he has his velocity is a good sign, and that he appears to be fully healthy is a great one. However, health can be fleeting. For now, Heaney will be worked on a short leash and under a microscope.