Heredia was assigned to Double-A Altoona on Friday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Heredia has yet to pitch so far in 2017. Last season with High-A Bradenton, Heredia posted a 3.64 ERA in 54.1 innings of work. Considering that Double-A is the highest level he has ever played at, it will likely be a bit of a challenge at first for the 22-year-old right-hander.
The Pirates chose not to protect Heredia from the Rule 5 draft. The 21-year-old signed for $2.6 million as a 17-year-old out of Mexico in 2010. He's struggled with his weight and registered a 5.44 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 86 innings for High-A Bradenton in 2015. At 21, Heredia still has a chance to turn his career around but it might not be with Pittsburgh.
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 MLB.com. 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 MLB.com. 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 MLB.com. "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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