The next Strasburg is coming from Mexico

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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.

Hyun-Jin Ryu will open season in Dodgers’ rotation

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will open the regular season in the starting rotation, MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports.

Ryu, 30, missed the entire 2015 season and made only one start last season due to shoulder and elbow injuries. The lefty has looked solid in three spring appearances, however, yielding a lone run on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in nine innings.

With Scott Kazmir likely to begin the season on the disabled list, that leaves Alex Wood and Brandon McCarthy to battle it out for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation.

Jorge Soler diagnosed with strained oblique, Opening Day in doubt

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Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.

When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.