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First-round pick Andrew Heaney talks about getting ready for his starts and game situations

Former Putnam City and Oklahoma State standout was selected by the Miami Marlins in the first round during the summer.
by Bryan Painter Published: December 10, 2012

“You get into the game and in that first or second inning sometimes you kind of have to get a feel for the umpire's strike zone, how you're feeling, what's working for you, what they're swinging at, what their approach is. So it takes you a couple of innings. After that I feel like I can get settled in and start figuring out what my approach can be that day or what is working for me.”

You had some complete games. Please talk about the mindset that comes with that.

“When you pitch, I've always heard, ‘Don't save bullets.' Whatever you've got in the tank, throw it. You never know what's going to be your last pitch. You never know what the situation is. So never hold anything back and if you're lucky enough to get the eighth or ninth inning, same thing, you just go until you don't have anything left.

“The only approach that I ever had changed was, early in games I might be trying to look for a punchout, trying not to let guys on. Later in the games when I'm trying to maybe conserve pitches, I'm trying to get some contact, get some early counts, get outs. But at the same time, late in games if you have a crucial situation, you can't just lay it in there.

“You have to treat every at-bat like it's the last one you're going to have.”

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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