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.
The Orioles announced, prior to Sunday’s game against the Yankees, that the club signed pitcher Tommy Hunter to a major league contract. In related roster moves, the club recalled pitcher Oliver Drake from Triple-A Norfolk and designated pitcher T.J. McFarland and outfielder Julio Borbon for assignment.
The Indians released Hunter on Thursday after he struggled in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus. Hunter was recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his lower back. The right-hander put up a respectable 3.74 ERA with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings for the Indians.
This will be Hunter’s second stint with the Orioles. The O’s had acquired him along with first baseman Chris Davis at the trade deadline from the Rangers in 2011 in the Koji Uehara trade.
The Orioles are only responsible for paying Hunter the prorated major league minimum.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season.
Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard.
Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.