Luis Heredia is slated to debut in West Virginia in early May.
I’ve had a lot of questions early in the year about the progress of Luis Heredia. The right-hander is in extended Spring Training, and hasn’t thrown in many games. He has been throwing on the side, and pitched a live batting practice earlier this week.
Back in the middle of March I spoke with Pirates farm director Larry Broadway, who said that the team would probably take a similar approach with Heredia as they did with Jameson Taillon in 2011. Taillon was held back in extended Spring Training for the first month of the year, then went to West Virginia at the end of April. The purpose for the delay was to make sure Taillon had enough innings to finish the year in West Virginia, as opposed to being shut down late in the season once he hit his innings limit. The Pirates also wanted to avoid him throwing in cold weather in the early part of the season with West Virginia, but the innings count was a bigger concern.