Miami's top pitching prospect may have another opportunity to prove he is ready to face major league talent. Before Tuesday night's contest against the New York Mets, the Marlins made several roster moves which included recalling Andrew Heaney from Triple-A New Orleans.
ROSTER MOVES: • INF @bour41, INF @kikehndez, RHP @ADeSclafani & LHP @Heandog8 recalled from @zephyrsbaseball— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) September 2, 2014
Heaney went 0-3 and posted a 6.53 ERA and 6.18 FIP in his first stint with the Marlins. Miami promoted him to add a young arm to the front of the rotation, however Heaney was plagued by the long ball and at times had difficulty throwing strikes.
He is 5-4 with 3.87 ERA and 3.89 FIP with New Orleans, and while the Marlins were expected to add Heaney to the major league roster when rosters were eligible to expand, he does not have a clearly defined role.
While Miami has not yet decided how Heaney will get playing time, he may be slotted into the starting rotation if Brad Penny struggles or Henderson Alvarez is unable to make his next start. The Marlins don't want to use a six-man rotation, although it is unlikely the organization would promote Heaney if he wasn't going to take the mound on a consistent basis.
In addition to adding Heaney, Anthony DeSclafani was recalled and will likely see time as Miami's long reliever. DeSclafani is 1-2 with a 6.84 ERA and 4.27 FIP with the Marlins this season, and while he started his Miami career as a starting pitcher, the Marlins may rightfully determine if the former Florida Gator can have success as a middle reliever.
Miami also added depth to its bench by recalling Justin Bour and Enrique Hernandez. Bour has posted a .222/.323/.259 batting line in 21 games with the Marlins, but may progress with more playing time. Bour can pinch hit and give Garrett Jones a day off at first base.
Hernandez, acquired from Houston in July, has put together a .250/.345/.403 line in 21 games with New Orleans. He can play several infield positions and may have an opportunity to start at second base.
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