Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates placed four prospects in the top 20 of Baseball America's 2012 Gulf Coast League list. This week their lower level prospects received more recognition from Baseball America, placing three prospects on the 2012 New York Penn League top 20 list. The list can be seen here, and scouting reports can be read here for subscribers.
Luis Heredia was the number two prospect in the league, falling behind Taylor Guerrieri of the Rays. Heredia put up an impressive 2.71 ERA in 66 innings, with a 40:20 K/BB ratio. During Spring Training, Heredia lacked fastball command and a changeup. He made some big strides in each department while spending time in extended Spring Training. The addition of his changeup, and improved fastball command led to his strong season. Toward the end of the year he added a hard breaking curveball. Baseball America noted his potential for three plus pitches from this mix.
Coming in at number ten on the list was 2012 compensation pick Barr...
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