Marlins pitching prospect Andrew Heaney allowed five more runs over 3 2/3 innings in Saturday afternoon’s start against the Cardinals, bumping his ERA up to 6.53 over four starts spanning 20 2/3 innings. As a result, the Marlins have optioned him back to Triple-A New Orleans, the team announced.
Heaney, 23, was rated the #29 overall prospect by MLB.com and #30 by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus entering the season. He had a good major league debut, holding the Mets to one run over six innings, but followed that up by allowing five runs to the Phillies and four to the Athletics prior to Saturday’s start.
The Marlins made some additional roster moves as well, reinstating starter Tom Koehler from the paternity leave list and activating shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the disabled list. Outfielder Jake Marisnick was optioned back to Triple-A New Orleans.
Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.
The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”
Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.
Now, however, Kopech has opted out.