Pittsburgh Pirates’ Top-10 Prospects: No. 9 Luis Heredia
Luis Heredia is a very young, raw pitching prospect for the Pittsburgh Pirates. At just 19 years old, Heredia has already been in the Pirates’ organization since 2011 after being signed as an international free agent. In his three seasons in the Pirates’ organization, Heredia has worked his way through the lower levels of A-ball and finished the season with the West Virginia Power, another Bucs’ A-ball team.
In 2011 with the Pirates’ rookie-ball team, Heredia pitched 30.1 innings with a 4.75 ERA. He didn’t impress with strikeouts with just 6.8 K/9. His biggest problem is and always has been walks. In his first season of pro-ball, Heredia allowed 5.6 BB/9.
In his second season, 2012, Heredia pitched with the State College Spikes, the Pirates New York-Penn League squad. In 66.1 innings with the Spikes, he had a 2.71 ERA with 5.4 K/9. He also posted a career best 2.7 BB/9 that year.
This past season with the Power, Heredia threw 65 innings with a 3.05 ERA. He posted a 7.6 K/9, the best of his short career; but also allowed 5.1 BB/9. If Heredia wants to ever make it to the MLB, he is going to have to learn how to have full command of his pitching arsenal.
Heredia has a lot of different pitches to work with. According to a scouting report that was made a few years ago, Heredia throws a plus fastball, a slider, a curveball and a changeup. He has decent command on his fastball, but he will ultimately need to develop a consistent breaking ball and changeup. At just 19 years old, Heredia has plenty of time to work on things; don’t expect to be seeing him pitch at PNC Park anytime soon.