An otherwise quiet IFA signing period for the Yanks appears to be heating up. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the Yanks are zooming in on Luis Heredia, one of the top pitchers in this year’s class. They write:
• The New York Yankees, interested bystanders through most of the process involving elite Mexican amateur pitcher Luis Heredia, are getting more involved, according to a source. The Pirates and Toronto are the front-runners, with the Pirates the most aggressive the past two years. Heredia, a 15-year-old right-hander, is sure to get a bonus topping $2 million.
Baseball America ranked the 6′ 4″ 15 year old Heredia the best pitcher and #2 prospect in this year’s IFA class. He is said to have 4 plus pitches, nice loose arm action and an 89-90 MPH fastball that figures to improve as he ages. Heredia’s rights are controlled by the Veracruz team and they will keep 75% of his bonus. But Heredia will have most of the say in where he eventually lands. Keep in mind the Yankees are trying to sign five High School pitchers from this year’s US draft in Encinas, Morton, Rutckyj, Dezse and Kish. If some/all of them don’t sign, the more likely it is that they will be putting their money into signing Heredia.
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