Dejan Kovacevic reports that top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia will start his career in the Gulf Coast League in 2011. That's a somewhat aggressive approach for the Pirates, having Heredia go to the States without any professional experience.
The placement also raises the question as to when Heredia could arrive in the majors. He is a very talented young pitcher, but he's only 16 years old and a long way from the majors. A very optimistic approach would put him in the GCL/State College in 2011, West Virginia/Bradenton in 2012, Bradenton/Altoona in 2013, and Indy/MLB in 2014. That would be an extreme approach though, and would assume that Heredia doesn't need much work with his fastball command or off-speed pitches.
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