Thursday, September 23, 2010

PIRATES SIGNEE HEREDIA ADAPTING TO U.S. CULTURE

Mexican pitching phenom Luis Heredia has moved to the Pittsburgh Pirates training facility in Bradenton, Florida and is working on becoming acclimated to life in the United States. The 6‘4” right-hander from Mazatlan with a 92 MPH fastball signed a multi-million dollar contract with the Bucs on his 16th birthday in August after being courted by a number of major league organizations. His rights were purchased from the Mexican League’s Veracruz Rojos Aguilas.

“I am working very much on the physical aspects,” Heredia says. “The truth is that they have treated and received me very well.” Heredia has spent time with fellow Pittsburgh pitching prospects Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie while attending weekday English classes at Pirate City, saying, “I attend English classes Monday through Friday and have learned very much.”

Heredia is one of 46 pitchers on Pittsburgh’s Florida Instructional League roster this fall.