Written by Spencer Schneier (@Baseball_Spencer)
Brice has an unnatural looking delivery, featuring a high leg-kick, and keeping his back stiff which causes him to have to throw across his body with some head-whip. Brice was never a full-time pitcher until entering the Marlins system, which is probably why his mechanics are still so raw. The leg-kick allows him to get a big stride and push off the mound, so he should be able to add some velocity as he fills out and cleans his mechanics up.
Brice has strong legs that he leverages to be able to sit 92-93, but because of his sloppy mechanics he struggles to maintain velocity. He has broad shoulders that he has yet to fill out, and when he does he should be a strong presence on the mound.
As I mentioned Brice really needs to work on his stamina. In the first inning he sat 92-93, but tired himself out and ended up sitting 88-89. He is still very raw on the mound, and his pitchability suffers more than anything because of it.
Brice’s fastball was hard to grade, as there were two versions of it that I saw: 1st inning fastball, and everything after that. In the first his fastball was 92-93, with late life and some arm-side run. I would have graded it as a 55/60 pitch had he maintained that the whole game. After the first inning however, he didn’t throw one fastball I would grade as league average. The ball lost velocity, and lacked any kind of movement or life. I think if he can clean up his mechanics and work on consistency that this pitch could be an above-average one, featuring good velocity and movement.
Spencer Schneier, an Independent Scout, has compiled a full scouting report on Andrew Heaney, the Marlins’ first round pick from the 2012 Draft. Please thank Spencer for his outstanding work on this and be sure to follow him on Twitter @BaseballSpencer
On Saturday night in Greensboro I was fortunate enough to watch Andrew Heaney pitch for the Grasshoppers. In his second start in the Sally League, Heaney impressed me, as well as the other scouts I was sitting near.
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Two things that are not necessarily objective that stood out to me: Heaney had an excellent poker face on the mound, as it was near impossible to determine whether he was upset about something, happy about a pitch, or disappointed with an umpire’s call. He has plus mound presence and average feel for pitching, which should be plus as he progresses. The second thing that stood out was his work ethic. He clearly is a good, hard-working player as he was the first player on the field for either team, and was done stretching before the next guy made his way out. His make-up appears to be good as well, because his high school coach’s sister made the hour and a half drive from Raleigh to see him. She was happy to talk to anyone that would listen about how nice a kid Heaney is.
I liked Heaney’s mechanics for the most part, noting a high leg-kick, but that he whips his head a little bit at the end of his delivery. I thought that this may lead to some command problems. I thought that his broad shoulders and skinny legs showed room for filling out, and that he could add some velocity if he does.
I thought that he did a good job holding runners and staying aware of them, despite the Greensboro pitching coach mentioning that as something he could improve on. The only other note that is not directly related to a pitch is that I thought his pitch sequencing was below average, but I also was not sure if he was trying to work on something in particular.
The fastball was the worst pitch, which is not necessarily a bad thing. It sat 88-92, but what makes it so good is the movement. Best described as “a cutter and sinker had a baby,” it moves down and in on right handed batters. He struggled to spot it throughout the night, which I believe most mostly caused by the slight head-whip he has at the end of his delivery.
Just after reports were made of the Marlins acquiring Zack Cox for Edward Mujica, Miami made news again as they’ve shipped Gaby Sanchez to Pittsburgh in exchange for Gorkys Hernandez and the 33rd pick of next year’s draft.
Sanchez has been a disaster this year, hitting just over .200 and not displaying much power at all. He’ll get a fresh start in Pittsburgh where he’s expected to possibly get a chance to obtain an everyday role at 1B. Hernandez, who was in the Nate McClouth trade a few years back hasn’t been anything special either, but he’s solid defensively and also gets a fresh start on a new team. This sounds to me like the Marlins just wanted to unload Gaby Sanchez. That said, they’ve managed to turn a lousy 1B and a reliever into a third-base prospect and a soft-hitting outfielder in just under ten minutes.
The Marlins aren’t done unloading this 2012 team. According to Peter Gammons of the MLB Network, they’ve sent reliever Edward Mujica to St. Louis in exchange for 2010 first-rounder Zack Cox.
Mujica has struggled this season, posting a FIP just north of 4.5 while striking out only six batters per nine innings. He’s come up successful on occasion for the Marlins this year, however, so the bullpen does get worse. That said, it’s a rebuilding year for Miami so they should be just fine. Zack Cox, a 2010 first rounder hasn’t lived up to expectations as of yet, but he’s still fairly young and has every chance to succeed. I imagine he’ll see time at 3B once September rolls around and could compete for a starting job next season.
The Marlins have dealt Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for Nate Eovaldi and “Scott McGough,” says our good friend over at FOX Sports, Jon Paul Morosi. The Dodgers will be paying all of the $31.5 million that Ramirez is owed over the next two years.
There indeed have been more than a few rumors of a potential Ramirez deal over the past few days, and well, that looks to have finally come to fruition. Ramirez has been a disaster over the past couple of seasons and his value has dropped as low as it probably ever has in his career, which is why I’m surprised that the deal took place now instead of, well, when and if his value ever grew. We knew that after the Marlins dealt Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante away at the beginning of the week that a few more trades could happen, but a Hanley deal was not one that I was truly expecting.
The Marlins seemed to have made a commitment to winning this past off-season when they signed Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes for almost $300 million, so this rebuilding phase that’s currently taking place makes some of those signings appear to be even more of a question mark. I suppose the hope, however, is that Jacob Turner and Eovaldi can help man a rotation that can — as the Marlins sure expect — compete for next year’s division crown.
The Marlins’ system has significantly improved since they drafted Christian Yelich and Jose Fernandez, as the two have easily slotted themselves among baseball’s best prospects, but the additions of Rob Brantly, Turner and now the aforementioned Eovaldi (even though he isn’t a prospect) make the young core on this team much more impressive a few years down.
Having already decided that they couldn’t sign Anibal Sanchez long-term, the Marlins have dealt Sanchez along with Omar Infante to Detroit for a bundle of goods. According to several reporters, including MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, Miami will acquire Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly, Brian Flynn & a Tigers compensation pick for the veteran duo.
There’s a lot to like in this deal, even for both clubs as they each address seperate needs; the Tigers improve short term with a chance to have that excellent rotation journey to the World Series and the Marlins continue to stock a much-improved system, one that now features two of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball (Jose Fernandez & Jacob Turner).
Over at Fishstripes, our good friend Michael Jong charts out Carlos Zambrano’s struggles this season in detail. Jong uses Pitch f/X to explain just what difficulties Zambrano has had on the mound and where in the zone he’s gotten hit around in the most. Be sure to give it a read.
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Brian Moynahan, MiLB.com, Bus Leagues Baseball & occasional Marlins Daily contributor stopped by to contribute a heartwarming story to the site. Below is all courtesy of Brian.
Landon Camp never saw his big break coming.
He was waiting in line for a burger last January when he checked his phone and saw that he had a missed call and a message from Doc Edwards, his manager for the past three seasons with the San Angelo Colts of the independent North American League. The message referenced “contract stuff” that the two needed to discuss; naturally, Camp’s first hopeful thought was that he was getting a raise.
When he called Edwards back, the 75-year-old former major league player, manager, and coach launched into a “long, drawn-out story” that soon had his third baseman wondering what exactly the reason had been for the original call.
“Come on, Doc, tell me what’s going on here,” Camp thought.
Finally, Edwards got to the point: he wasn’t calling about a raise. He was calling to tell Camp that his contract had been sold to the Miami Marlins. Camp, an un-drafted free agent out of Oklahoma City University who in three seasons as an independent player had never before drawn the interest of an affiliated organization, was predictably stunned.
“I just sat there in line for like five minutes because I couldn’t believe it was going on,” he said. “I’m pretty sure the people behind me were mad but I didn’t really care at that point. Just hang out back there and let me enjoy my spot for a minute.
“Something like that is like a dream come true for me, to spend three years in independent ball and finally got my shot! I was so excited.”
The moment was made all the more special by the fact that Camp almost didn’t become a professional baseball player. Coming off a four-year career at OCU in which he set a school record with 65 homeruns, he told himself that if he wasn’t drafted, that was it; he would take his degree, find a job, and go to work.