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LA Angels: Andrew Heaney trade is making Perry Minasian look brilliant

Aug 30, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (38) gives up a solo home run against Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (38) gives up a solo home run against Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Andrew Heaney was a bit of a train wreck for the LA Angels this year, and has somehow been so much worse after we traded him.

Heaney has a 7.71 ERA for the Yankees after the trade, and has struggled both as a starter and out of the pen for New York. He’s given up 3.3 home runs per nine innings, and has a 1.319 WHIP, which is even worse than what his WHIP was with the Halos.

It’s not fun to write these things about Heaney, as he was with the Halos for a long time and was liked by many fans. The reality of where his career is going, however, proves that the Angels won the deal already.

It’s going to be hard for Elvis Peguero and Janson Junk to disappoint the LA Angels like Andrew Heaney has for NY.

That’s who the LA Angels got in return for Andrew Heaney.

We were able to see Junk in his first big league start, and while he didn’t look great, there were some positive things to take from it. He only walked one batter in almost four innings, and let’s not forget how dominant he was in the Minors this year.

Despite having a tough time transitioning to the Rocket City Trash Pandas, he still posted a AA stat line this year that included a 2.81 ERA and just a 2.6 BB/9 rate. He was good enough for Joe Maddon to bring him up and give him a chance, where he also didn’t walk hardly anybody.

That experience is important, and Junk was already able to get some.

As for Pegeuro, he started out terribly with two awful outings for the Halos, but looked good in his last game. He went 0.2 IP without walking anybody or allowing any runs.

He’ll progress as he gets his chances, as he’s still adjusting to the Major Leagues. Just having this experience already is important for him and the Angels. We already know he’d pitch well in AAA, as it only took one outing for Maddon to want to bring him up.

He went a couple of innings without giving up any walks or hits, and struck out two batters.

This is the same guy who dominated in A+ and AA ball with New York.

Next. Who needs to improve to stick around?

Heaney struggling isn’t what we root for, but it just goes to show that we got rid of him at the right time. The two arms we have instead also have a lot of potential, and this entire pitching staff has a high ceiling moving forward.

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