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  • Pirates starting pitcher prospect Luis Heredia was pulled from his start for Class A West Virginia Saturday because of discomfort in his throwing shoulder, per Heredia threw just one pitch Saturday before being lifted from the game. The Pirates said Heredia will be re-evaluated in the coming days. The right-handed pitcher is considered the Pirates' 10th-best prospect by He is 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA for West Virginia.

  • Pirates starting pitcher prospect Luis Heredia is five appearances (four starts) into his season for Class A West Virginia. The 18-year-old hurler began the season in extended spring so the organization could limit his workload, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Heredia, who was a major international acquisition in 2011, is 1-2 with a 4.79 ERA and .243 opponents' batting average. Unfortunately, he has struggled with his command, issuing nearly as many walks (14) as strikeouts (16).

  • Prospect Luis Heredia will start the season in the rookie Gulf Coast League club. Pittsburgh acquired the 16-year-old's rights from a team in Mexico last August for $2.6 million. Pirates director of player development Kyle Stark said Heredia will be on a very specific and limited workload throughout the summer. "He has made significant improvement as he continues to grow and develop at a very rapid rate, due to how young he is," Stark "He's got really good feel for many things and is a sponge. We're very encouraged by the progress he has made -- personally and professionally."

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