The 2013 season was a disappointing one for top pitching prospect Luis Heredia. He was expected to make the jump to West Virginia early in the season, much like Jameson Taillon did back in 2011. He was going to get nearly a full season of pitching at an advanced level, with a chance to make some big strides with his game. Instead, Heredia came into camp out of shape, weighing 276 pounds and with a size 42 waist.
Heredia was throwing 88 MPH when he was 15 years old. When he signed with the Pirates, he was hitting 89-90 MPH. His velocity kept increasing, and he touched as high as 96 MPH in 2011. But in his first appearance last year, he was throwing 86 MPH. The Pirates decided to hold him back, and got him on a program to slim down. He spent the first half of the season in extended Spring Training, and by the time he was in West Virginia his velocity was hitting 92 MPH.
On the surface, Heredia had good numbers in West Virginia. He had a 3.05 ERA in 65 innings of work. However, he h...
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