By Jason Shetler
According to Pirates Prospects Tim Williams, Luis Heredia will be moving to the bullpen to pitch as a reliever.
This news comes as somewhat surprising, as Heredia was signed by the Pirates as a highly touted amateur out of Mexico in 2010 for $2.6 million, which is still the most signing bonus money the Pirates have ever given to a Latin American amateur player. Entering 2013, Heredia was rated a Top 100 prospect by Baseball America. The 21-year-old righty struggled mightily in 2015 however, posting a 5.44 ERA along with a very high WHIP of 1.73 in 21 starts for the Bradenton Marauders. With the Pirates now having a deep surplus of pitching prospects in the system, it’s probably best to move Heredia to the bullpen, and see if he can progress quicker to the big leagues in that role.