Luis Heredia Placed on the West Virginia DL

Luis Heredia has been placed on the West Virginia disabled list, per a West Virginia press release. Heredia left his last start after throwing one pitch, leaving with right shoulder discomfort. Last night a West Virginia coach said that it wasn’t major, and that he was experiencing soreness.

Elbow injuries and Tommy John surgery get the most attention, but those are pretty standard, and not a big deal in the long-term. Shoulder injuries are the real career killer, so any type of shoulder discomfort comes with concern. I received several reports from the game saying that Heredia didn’t have any velocity on his warm-up pitches, which is another concern. Hopefully this is a case where the Pirates are being extra cautious after Heredia experienced discomfort.

Brett McKinney has been added to the roster to replace Heredia.

Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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wouldn’t it be our luck that our top 20 prospects get hurt one year after we break a streak of 20+ losing seasons…


This could be nothing but my gut is telling me Heredia will be one of those guys you barely remember 5 years ago- just doesn’t seem like he’s going to be taking the next step anytime soon.


He is awfully young to make that kind of long-term prognosis, but its understandable why some may feel that way. All prospects are long shots to make it to the majors, let alone be a significant contributor over an extended period at that level. Add in the fact this kid’s physical conditioning (poor) at such a young age, the fact that he has seemingly stagnated over the past year in terms of his development, and now this shoulder issue. I hope it is minor as the company line goes, but for him to have shoulder soreness – when he is so young and this early in the season, does not seem to bode well.


I know I didn’t remember the kid 5 years ago, that’s for sure.

Lee Young

I hope he comes back of course, but this might be a cautionary tale of spending too much money on these Latin guys. It seems we do better with the ‘cheap’ ones?

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