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MLB Draft: Miami Marlins select OSU pitcher Andrew Heaney in first round

The draft's ninth overall pick, Heaney said he is “just so happy, words can't explain it.”
By Anthony Slater Published: June 4, 2012

But this time, after the Marlins made him their first selection, Heaney is likely to sign a lucrative contract.

Last year's ninth overall pick, Javier Baez, was given a $2.66 million signing bonus from the Chicago Cubs.

“Andrew has a legitimate three-pitch mix,” MLB Network analyst John Hart said. “Can command both sides of the plate and is a tremendous competitor.”

The consensus on the draft show was that Heaney could be a quick riser, using his polished stuff to rapidly rise through the minor league ranks.

Reynolds even threw out the idea of the Marlins rushing him in the next couple years, utilizing him out of the bullpen as a matchup lefty.

“I follow (the NL East),” Heaney said. “I watch it and all those teams are playing very well right now. Hopefully I'll be up there soon and helping those guys out.”

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