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Sixteen-year-old Luis Heredia to start in rookie ball for the Pirates

Mar 16, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

They’re letting a 16-year-old pitch professionally in the Pirates’ organization? And here I thought there were laws about exposing minors to obscenity …

That talent and maturity is why management’s plan for 2011 — though not yet formally announced — is to assign [Luis] Heredia to Bradenton of the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, an extraordinary step for a player his age. The Pirates are known to have had only one previous 16-year-old at that level in the past 40 years.

Pirates joking aside, Heredia is one to watch. He made Keith Law’s list of guys who fell just short of his Top 100 prospects list, which is pretty spiffy for a 16-year-old.  He’s big and has big velocity for his or any other age.  When you consider how much growing 16-year-old athletes usually have ahead of them, the ceiling on Heredia seems to be high, high, high.

  1. bigxrob - Mar 16, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    I hear the Yankees are interested in him

    • florida76 - Mar 16, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      This pitcher has been playing against older competition in Mexico, so this isn’t a big deal. The Bucs did beat out the Yankees and numerous other teams for his services.

  2. sdelmonte - Mar 16, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Paging Dr. Jobe. Your 2012 appointment is here.

    Even aside from questions about emotional maturity, I wonder if it’s wise to have someone so physically unfinished compete at even this level.

  3. monsieurbear - Mar 16, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Odds that the guy isn’t really 16?

  4. sportsdrenched - Mar 16, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Isn’t this the front office that signed some Indian cricket players?

    Doesn’t basketball get a bad name for stuff like this?

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