Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:54 pm Posts: 5054 Location: Vero Beach, FL
What do y'all think of this Heaney kid out of Oklahoma State? He's got eye popping stats..
1.60, 118.1 IP, 74 H, 22 BB, 140 K
Is the lack of attention paid to him based on the conference he plays in? Or is he getting more attention than I'm assuming.
On edit: I just watched some YouTube videos of him. He's all upper body. He doesn't bend at the waist. Red flag.
The mechanical concerns scare me only a bit. He's more a mid-rotation upside guy, but relatively safe pick as the full repertoire, command and pitchability are all there now. And I don't mind the low effort delivery so much, but I think he opens up early and the arm comes a bit late, where he's probably putting too much stress on the shoulder and elbow. I don't think his mechanics are too bad though. If you watch Tom Glavine, he was also pretty upright, with a seeming low effort delivery, and he went 20 years before he had any arm issues. But Glavine's timing was better, he still got the ball up above the shoulder prior to the foot landing.
So I think Heaney's mechanics may need to be tweaked slightly, but he's a guy who could have not only similar mechanics to Glavine, but a similar level of command and feel. If you think that change up can be not only average to above average, but possibly a 60 grade pitch or better, he could be a steal. He may not need to throw more than low 90s to be a very good pitcher.
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