Pirates agree to terms with Heredia
The Pirates landed another power arm teenager on Thursday, agreeing to terms with 16-year-old, Mexican pitcher Luis Heredia. A baseball source confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
According to the P-G report, Pittsburgh paid a signing bonus of $2.6 million to secure Heredia’s rights from his Veracruz team.
An official announcement regarding the agreement is expected from the Pirates later on Thursday.
Just days after signing first-round Draft pick Jameson Taillon ($6.5 million signing bonus) and second-rounder Stetson Allie ($2.25 million), the Pirates have added a third young right-handed pitcher to the fold with Heredia. The Pirates also spent unprecedented money to secure his rights. The $2.6 million bonus is the largest the organization has ever given out to an international amateur player, well surpassing the previous high of $400,000.
The Mexican Baseball League allowed Veracruz to take offers on Heredia beginning after midnight on Wednesday. The Blue Jays and Yankees were among the other teams reportedly interested in the pitcher, who just turned 16 on Aug. 10.
The 6-foot-6 and 185-pound Heredia throws in the low 90s, the P-G reported, and is one of the best young players to come out of Mexico recently.
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