While Heaney could be ready for the show as early as Spring Training, third baseman Colin Moran will need a little time.
Then again, Moran was playing in the College World Series four months ago.
Selected from the University of North Carolina with the sixth overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft on June 6, Moran signed with the Marlins a month later for the slot value of $3,516,500, according to MLB.com.
The Marlins see Moran as an imposing left-handed hitter who stands 6-foot-4, 215 pounds. Moran certainly has the bloodlines, as his uncle is B.J. Surhoff, a former big leaguer who was the first overall pick by Milwaukee in 1985. As a collegian this year, Moran was a finalist for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award for the top amateur player in the country. He was also named the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year as he finished the season with a .345 batting average (97-for-281), along with 13 home runs and an NCAA-leading 91 RBI.
Although Moran got his professional career off with a bang by smashing a home run in his first at-bat, according to the Sun-Sentinel, he struggled early on as he posted a .243/.300/.357 slash line with one home run and 10 RBI in his first 70 at-bats. However, Moran finished strong as he rebounded with a .345/.400/.512 slash line with three homers and 13 RBI in the final 84 at-bats.
For the season, Moran finished with a .299/.354/.442 slash line with four home runs and 23 runs batted in.
Like Heaney, Moran will also be in the Arizona Fall League, according to the Miami Herald. At the end of the year, Sickels had Moran rated slightly higher than Heaney at No. 36. How soon Moran will be able to help the big league club remains to be seen.
MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo believes a push up to Double-A to start Moran's first full season isn't out of the question and Mayo can't see why Moran won't be ready to contribute by the second half of 2014. However, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro thinks Moran probably will open at Advanced Single-A Jupiter with a chance to advance to Double-A by the end of the season. The most realistic target date for his arrival to the big leagues is 2015, if not as a September call-up.
One thing is for certain, though, and that is Moran is an advanced hitter who should hit for average and shouldn't take too much time for his bat to be big-league ready.