The biggest story in the Gulf Coast League this year for the Pirates was Luis Heredia. The 16 year old Mexican pitching phenom made his pro debut, getting the aggressive push to the United States. Heredia really stands out because of his high velocity at a young age, but also his potential for up to four plus pitches.
One thing that's notable with the GCL team this year is that it's not just Heredia with the potential top of the rotation stuff. The team also includes guys like Yhonathan Herrand, who can throw in the upper 90s, and several players who consistently work in the low-to-mid 90s. Even guys like Jimy Hernandez, who aren't considered top prospects, throw in the 89-92 MPH range at the age of 19.
Here are the pitchers who played for the GCL Pirates this year, broken down by age group. The first group represents a young age for the level. This is where you will find most of the prospects. The second group is around the average age for the league, although this group ...
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