The Book on Luis Heredia
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Luis Heredia / RHP, PIT
79 | 2/19/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (12/5/2013): #80
MiLB.com Season Preview: Unranked or n/a
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #70
Minor League Ball (Sickels): #74
Baseball America 2013: #78
Baseball Prospectus: #53
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
The Pirates swear he's only eighteen years old, but young Luis Heredia sure looks a lot older than that, both physically and when you take a look at what he can do with a baseball. The big (6-6, 210) kid from Sinaloa throws hard: he touched 96mph in rookie ball as a sixteen-year old (!?), and he looks like as he grows into his body, he'll be able to increase number in the future, too.
Even as-is, though, that fastball will be enough if he can complement it with any decent secondary pitches. Good news for his mother and the fan club: Heredia's already packing a changeup that looks better than anything most 20-year olds can throw, and his work-in-progress curve is showing great movement, even if he can't really control it yet.
He's only due to sample A-ball in 2013, which means he's still go a long way to go before he's wowing them in MLB, and we'll probably be hearing about all those other great Pirate pitching prospects first, but if his body holds together, the H-Bomb could be something special a few years down the road. Felix Hernandez comparisons are not completely outrageous here.
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