The Miami Marlins have selected Oklahoma State lefty starter Andrew Heaney with their first-round draft pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. Heaney, The lefty was outstanding in his final season with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, making 15 starts and throwing 118 1/3 innings with a 1.60 ERA. He struck out more than 10 per nine innings with the Cowboys, but at least in terms of numbers, it should be noted that it was his most successful season by far and that his previous two years were more than mediocre.
Among the experts, Baseball America's Jim Callis called that the Marlins would select either Heaney or Courtney Hawkins (who our own Sam Evans profiled) if either Albert Almora or Max Fried were not present. It was quite surprising to see a college pitcher be drafted by an organization notorious for being prep-leaning. But taking a pitcher from Oklahoma? Apparently not very surprising, at least to ESPN's Keith Law.
The Marlins and Stan Meek take a kid from Oklahoma. I'm shocked. #notshocked— keithlaw (@keithlaw) June 5, 2012
Here's MLB,com's Jonathan Mayo with a quick take on Heaney.
We will have more reaction a little later from Fish Stripes' own Sam Page. For now, check in on the 2012 MLB Draft Discussion Thread for more draft talk.