Yesterday, Stetson Allie made his pro debut with the State College Spikes. Today, fellow top pitching prospect Luis Heredia made his pro debut with the GCL Pirates. Heredia went up against the GCL Blue Jays, and allowed two runs on a hit and three walks in 2.2 innings, with no strikeouts. The 16 year old right hander started off strong, pitching two no-hit innings to start his career (he did allow a walk, and a runner reached on an error in the first).
Heredia ran in to trouble in the third. After getting two straight ground outs, he hit Angel Gomez with a pitch. Gomez then stole second and third (the Pirates don’t seem concerned with holding runners on with their young pitchers at this point…last night Stetson Allie allowed a double steal, uncontested). Heredia issued two straight walks to load the bases, then allowed his only hit, a single, to bring in two runs. Robbie Kilcrease, a recently signed undrafted free agent, came on to get the final out, stranding two runners.
Heredia got five ground outs, one pop out, one soft line out, and one fly out, which is encouraging. The thing that hurt him was the walks in the third inning. Heredia’s next start is expected to be on June 27th.