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The next Strasburg is coming from Mexico

Jun 2, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

We may be preparing for Strasmas and getting psyched about Aroldis Chapman, but it’s never too early to start going crazy over the next phenom. His name is Luis Heredia, he’s from Mexico, he’s 15, and he’s going to be eligible for the international free agent season that kicks off on July 2nd.  Dejan Kovacevic describes why everyone is so interested:

Heredia, 15, is a 6-foot-4 right-hander who has been described in
several publications as having four “plus” pitches, in the scouting
vernacular, meaning the potential for all of those — fastball,
changeup, slider and curveball — to above-average at the Major League
Baseball level.

Kovacevic says that the Pirates, Yankees, Giants, Dodgers, Mariners, Rangers and Blue Jays are all scouting the kid.  Given the scouting report and the interest among so many teams he could be expensive, and there will likely be a $2 million kicker on top of whatever he gets, because Herdia’s rights are owned by Mexican team Veracruz.

In other news, someone born in 1994 is going to be a millionaire in a couple of months, which is probably the hardest thing for me to get my mind around in all of this.

  1. BC - Jun 2, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Sorry, this story only reminds me of one thing:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidd_Finch
    OK, two things. There’s the fake fifth Golden Ticket as well.
    http://hubpages.com/hub/Why-I-Love-Willy-Wonka-the-Chocolate-Factory

  2. JBerardi - Jun 2, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Strasburg? More like Ynoa.

  3. Richie - Jun 2, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    I hate to ask, but are there doubts about his age? It seems like the DR has had more of a problem with that, but a 6’4″ 15-year-old?

  4. ED - Jun 2, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    He is actually 25 and pitched in the minors?

  5. Simon DelMonte - Jun 2, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    How is it legal to sign and employ a 15 year old as a professional athlete, anyway? Aren’t there child labor laws in play here?
    And why would you want to rush this kid along before his body is developed? You pay him far too much and then he blows out his arm before he’s old enough to shave?

  6. Randy - Jun 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    None of which matter, the only issue is can he pitch at a major league level? Time will tell.

  7. BC - Jun 2, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    Maybe he’s actually Danny Almonte in disguise.

  8. Reflex - Jun 2, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    If he’s 15 and throwing a curve, he’s Tommy John bound. You should not be throwing that pitch before age 18, severely damages arm development…

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