Luis Heredia One of Three Pirates Prospects in GCL Top 20

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2011 Gulf Coast League today (scouting reports for subscribers).  The Pittsburgh Pirates had three players on the list, including two in the top five. Luis Heredia led the trio, ranked as the number three prospect in the league.  That’s quite an accomplishment for the youngest player in the league, as Heredia didn’t turn 17 until mid-August. Jose Osuna was the number...

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Luis Heredia’s First Pro Season

A year ago, on August 19th, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed right handed pitcher Luis Heredia, the top pitching prospect out of Mexico, and arguably the top international prospect in 2010.  Heredia signed for $2.6 M, which set a Pirates’ franchise record for the biggest signing bonus for an international player. On Thursday, a little over a year after signing, Heredia finished up his first professional season.  The 6′...

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Luis Heredia Video Recaps

Luis Heredia wrapped up his first season as a pro this week, making his final start on August 25th.  Terry Mathews was in attendance for two of his final starts, and captured the following videos of Heredia’s outings. 8/13/11 – Terry’s Recap Here 8/25/11 – Terry’s Recap...

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GCL Pirates Recap 8/25/11 – Luis Heredia Start

Luis Heredia most likely pitched his last game of his first professional season today with the Gulf Coast League Pirates. I liked what I saw from him even though his pitching line didn’t look too great. In 3 innings, he threw 46 pitches with 31 strikes, a very healthy ratio that was in contrast to the last start I saw. He also flashed a nice change and curve which, when implemented in a “real” game plan, looks like...

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The Odds of a Super Rotation in Pittsburgh

In the last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates have added four pitchers with top of the rotation stuff.  On August 16th, 2010, they signed their top two picks from the 2010 draft, adding Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie to the mix.  A few days later, they signed top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  Two days ago, the Pirates signed the first overall pick from the 2011 draft, Gerrit Cole, giving them yet another player who has the...

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