Tuesday Prospect Notebook: Andrew Heaney Returns

Andrew Heaney

Andrew Heaney (Photo by Morris Fostoff)

Andrew Heaney, lhp, Marlins: A strained lat muscle kept Heaney out of action until yesterday, when the ninth overall pick in last year’s draft made his 2013 debut with high Class A Jupiter. Heaney’s advanced enough that he might not need much time in the Florida State League, and he backed up that notion with a dominant outing against Daytona, striking out nine over 4 1/3 innings. He allowed one run, which was unearned, on four hits and two walks.

Christian Lopes, 2b, Blue Jays: Lopes was a bit of an underachiever during his high school career, acclaimed as a future first-rounder as a freshman but ending up as the Blue Jays’ seventh-rounder in 2011. Toronto believed it could unlock the potential in his bat, and he’s shown encouraging signs as a pro, winning team MVP honors at Rookie-level Bluefield last year after hitting .280/.343/.484. He’s built on that momentum after moving up to low Class A Lansing this spring, getting off a .319/.347/.425 start despite the inhospitable conditions of the Midwest League. Monday was his best night of the year thus far, as he finished a double short of the cycle in going 4-for-5 with a triple and a homer, his third of the season.

Joey Terdoslavich, rf, Braves: Terdoslavich got a rude awakening in Triple-A last year, batting a meager .180/.252/.263 in 53 games for Gwinnett before a demotion back to Double-A. He made amends by hitting well after his demotion and has taken the International League by storm in his second tour with the G-Braves. Terdoslavich went 3-for-7 with two doubles and a homer in Gwinnett’s doubleheader on Monday, upping his slash line to a robust .330/.351/.580 in 176 at-bats. The homer was his eighth of the year, as he’s been showing more over-the-fence power than expected. He hit just nine homers last year, as doubles are more his forte. But true to form, he does also lead the IL in doubles with 18.

Neftali Soto, 3b/1b, Reds: The Reds may not have room for Soto at either corner position, but it does bode well for his future—perhaps in another organization—that he’s producing with Triple-A Louisville after a dreary 2012 that saw him hit .245 for the Bats. Soto’s raw power hasn’t shown up as much this year—he hit 30 homers in 2011—but he did slug his fourth long ball of the season Monday while going 4-for-8 in a doubleheader. Soto’s cooled off a bit in May after hitting .318 in April and getting a brief big league callup, but he’s still at a solid .282/.320/.415 through 142 at-bats in Louisville.

Jackie Bradley Jr., cf, Red Sox: Bradley’s unexpected major league stint didn’t go as hoped, and the negative momentum continued after he was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket, where he started 7-for-31 (.226) and then went on the disabled list earlier this month with tendinitis in his biceps. The good news is Bradley returned to action last Friday and has hits in all three games since. Serving as Pawtucket’s DH, he doubled and homered on Monday, his first homer of the year at either level, as part of a 2-for-4 night that improved his Triple-A line to .315/.422/.463 in 54 at-bats.