Current owners of second place in the NL East, the upstart Miami Marlins are calling in reinforcements.
Top prospect Andrew Heaney - the best lefty starter in the minor leagues - has been called up to make his major league debut on Thursday against the Mets. A former ninth overall pick, Heaney holds a 2.47 ERA in 77 innings across Double- and Triple-A this season.
Heaney was drafted in 2012 out of Oklahoma State University. He has a career 2.31 ERA with 198 strikeouts in three minor league seasons.
The Marlins are 35-33 as of Monday and playing much better than anyone predicted, but their starting rotation has had its troubles. They lost ace Jose Fernandez to Tommy John surgery earlier this season, and currently rank 18th in MLB with a 3.98 rotation ERA.
How much can be expected of Heaney at this point is unclear, but he's a blue chip talent and apparently ready to get his MLB career started. The Marlins also have a great track record at developing pitching prospects. Many scratched their heads when Jose Fernandez made the team out of spring training in 2013 and he won the Rookie of the Year and finished third in NL Cy Young voting.