Oklahoma State All-American pitcher Andrew Heaney was selected by the Miami Marlins with the ninth overall pick in the first round of Monday night's 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
A junior left-hander for the Cowboys, Heaney is the highest OSU draft pick since Monty Fariss went No. 6 to Texas in 1988, and he is the third-highest selection for the program behind Fariss and Robbie Wine (No. 8 by Houston in 1983). He is the 12th first round draft pick in OSU history and first since Matt Mangini and Corey Brown were selected in the supplemental first round in 2007.
"I'm very excited and so happy — words can't explain it," Heaney said. "Hopefully one day I'll be (in Miami) helping them out."
In three seasons at OSU, Heaney has made 51 appearances, including 34 starts, and is 20-10 with a 3.19 ERA. He ranks ninth on the Cowboys' career strikeouts list with 246, is tied for fifth with three shutouts and is 10th with 251.2 innings pitched.
Heaney, a native of Oklahoma City who was previously drafted by Tampa Bay in the 24th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, led OSU in wins in each of his three seasons in Stillwater. As a junior, he turned in a career year in 2012 and was named the 2012 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team performer. He is a finalist for the College Baseball Hall of Fame National Pitcher of the Year and a semifinalist for both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy.
In 15 starts in 2012, Heaney was 8-2 with a 1.60 ERA. He tossed six complete games, including three shutouts, and racked up an NCAA-leading140 strikeouts in 118.1 innings of work. Opponents hit just .180 against him.
Heaney recorded eight or more strikeouts in 12 of his 15 appearances. He was the first OSU pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts in a season since Matt Smith racked up 114 in 2000, and his 140 punchouts were the fifth most in a single season in OSU history.
Among Big 12 pitchers in 2012, Heaney ranks first in ERA, strikeouts, shutouts, complete games and opponent batting average.