The History of Luis Heredia’s Time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Where Things Went Wrong

Luis Heredia signed with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. Photo Credit: Sean McCool
The History of Luis Heredia’s Time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Where Things Went Wrong
John Dreker

Luis Heredia signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, officially ending his time with the Pittsburgh Pirates. There was no real indication that they were interested in bringing him back this off-season and he was injured during the entire winter season in Mexico, so I was a bit surprised that he signed a deal already. Still just 23 years old, Heredia takes the next step in what has been an eventful pro career, which didn't work out like the Pirates had hoped it would.

Heredia came to the Pirates with a lot of fanfare and left as an after thought. His free agent announcement this off-season was expected and due to the fact that he topped out as a reliever in Double-A, most people wrote him off at least two years ago. What we are going to do here is look at the rise ...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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