Luis Heredia

29-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  
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$Agreed to a contract with the Pirates in August of 2010.
Assigned to Double-A Altoona
PPittsburgh Pirates  
April 28, 2017
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.
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A noted international signing from 2011, Heredia hasn't progressed as the Pirates had hoped. Following a fairly encouraging 2013, the 20-year-old righty saw a drop in velocity and an inability to get left-handed batters out last summer. Heredia registered a 4.15 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in 89 innings. He was hampered by a 4.3 K/9 rate, and lefties collected an .861 OPS against him. He's yet to reach 100 innings in four minor league campaigns -- shoulder soreness forced him out for two months in 2014. The once-prized prospect is set to start his third season for Low-A West Virginia.
Heredia, 19, advanced to Low-A West Virginia in 2013 after seeing action in the Gulf Coast League and rookie ball his first two campaigns. His performance with West Virginia wasn't bad, but the organization needs to see more from the $2.6 million international-signing bonus baby, as he went 7-3 with a 3.05 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 65 innings. Heredia, who is listed as a 6-foot-7, 220-pound righty, hasn't shown much more than the low-90s fastball he flashed as a 16-year-old. He's been passed by other prospects in the organization and his fitness level isn't as good as it could be. Heredia is still in the early stages of his career, but he has the makings of a bust if he doesn't begin to put the pieces together soon.
The Pirates treated their baby-faced 17-year-old with kid gloves in his 2011 pro debut, restricting his longest outing to four innings (in 11 starts). His fastball already sits in the low-90s as the team works to refine his mechanics and secondary pitches. It wouldn't be surprising to see the 6-foot-6 righty spend another season in rookie ball. He's a top prospect in keeper leagues that allow owners to stash players for upward of three or four seasons.
Heredia comes to the Pittsburgh organization as part of the elite pitching trio procured in 2010, along with Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie. Years away from maturing into a big league pitcher at just 16, Heredia was thought to be one of the top international free agent signings last summer. The 6-foot-6 right-hander throws in the mid-90s and the organization is hopeful he continues to get stronger as he ages and his body matures. Dynasty leaguers might want to jump on Heredia, but fantasy owners with short-term horizons can safely pass over the young Mexican hurler.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
November 21, 2015
The Pirates chose not to protect Heredia from the Rule 5 draft.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
August 24, 2014
Heredia, 20, has a 3.98 ERA and 39:32 K:BB ratio in 83.2 innings at Low-A West Virginia.
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June 14, 2014
Heredia, 19, has a 5.93 ERA and 8:10 K:BB through 13.2 innings for Low-A West Virginia this season.
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April 13, 2014
Heredia took himself out of Saturday's Low-A start with a shoulder injury after throwing a fastball just 71 mph on his first pitch of the game, CBS Pittsburgh reports.
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PPittsburgh Pirates  
January 8, 2014
The Pirates are looking for a full season of growth from Heredia, who has dropped close to 40 pounds since the end of 2013, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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