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
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.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw entered Wednesday night’s start against the Marlins without having issued a walk in his previous three starts. In fact, his last walk came on April 3 when he issued a free pass to Paul Goldschmidt with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first inning. All told, Kershaw was on a streak of 26 walk-less innings before he took the mound at home to take on the Marlins.
Kershaw started off Wednesday in character, striking out the side in the first inning. He issued a walk in a tough second inning, but escaped without allowing a run. Kershaw walked two more in the third and again danced out of danger. In the fourth, Kershaw walked Lewis Brinson to load the bases with no outs and — you guessed it — didn’t end up allowing a run. His errant control finally came back to bite him in the fifth when Kershaw issued back-to-back two-out walks, then served up a three-run home run to Miguel Rojas down the left field line. His night was done when he completed the inning. Five innings, three runs, five hits, six walks, seven strikeouts, 112 pitches.
The six walks Kershaw issued over five innings marked his first six-walk outing since April 7, 2010 when he issued six free passes to the Pirates in 4 2/3 innings. The only other time he walked as many was on August 3, 2009 against the Brewers in a four-plus inning outing. Kershaw hasn’t even walked five batters in an outing recently — the last time was September 23, 2012 against the Reds.