Tier 1: Heredia, Holmes
Luis Heredia: Luis Heredia entered this season with some question marks based on his young age and lack of professional baseball experience, making him difficult to project according to many in the industry. After posting a 2.71 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in the New York Penn League at age 17/18, Heredia has solidified himself as one the Pirates top prospects.
The 6’6” right-hander’s ceiling continues to grow, as this year he improved the location of his 91-94 mph fastball, got more comfortable with his change-up, and re-worked his average slow curve into a potentially plus hard curve. At times, he struggled with his consistency, appearing to lose his command out...
John Eshleman joined Pirates Prospects in 2012, providing live coverage of the State College Spikes and the Altoona Curve. He will return for the 2013 season to provide coverage of the Jamestown Jammers while they are in State College. He will also be providing coverage of the Altoona Curve throughout the year. John is currently earning a Ph.D in Rural Sociology from Penn State University, and he lives in State College with his fiance Allison. Also, he hates the designated hitter rule.