Cardinals Prospect #18 - Tyler Herron

The Cardinals gave Herron a $675,000 signing bonus last summer. Player Profile

Position: RHP

DOB: 8/5/1986

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Wellington High School (Wellington, FL)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the supplemental first round (46th overall) of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft as compensation for the Giants' signing of free agent Mike Matheny. Received a $675,000 signing bonus.

2005 G W-L IP Hits BB K ERA
Johnson City (R) 13 0-3 49.2 47 27 49 5.62

Staff Comments

JS (24): "Herron didn't post very good stats in his pro debut, but he is just 19 and was rated by Baseball America as the No. 20 prospect in the Appalachian League. He allowed 11 home runs, but Howard Johnson Field has been referred to as the Coors Field of the Appy League."

LM (13): "Herron had a good debut season as a professional. Baseball America named him the Appalachian League's 20th best prospect.  He struck out about a batter an inning and batters hit just .245 against him in a hitter's park.  Herron allowed less than a hit an inning.  He needs to work both on his control and his tendency to give up the home run ball as almost fifty-five percent of the earned runs Herron allowed were as a direct result of the long ball.  The good news is that Herron tended towards being a groundball pitcher this season.  If this trend continues then Herron should not be particularly homer-prone.  Herron turned 19 in early August and was one of the youngest pitchers on the Johnson City staff.  All in all, a good start for a first round, supplemental, draft pick."

RM (17): "This kid has some talent, though I think there could be some debate about where he should play. Here is some notes from 2004 Perfect Game World Underclass Showcase: Herron is a projectable 6-3 athlete who should fill out very well over the next few years. He came to the showcase as a primary shortstop but based on what we saw we've got him ranked as a right handed pitching prospect. Herron has a very smooth delivery on the mound with a short, quick arm stroke. He topped out at 87 mph during his 3 innings of work and was consistently in the mid-80's. Herron's 68-71 mph curveball had some good spin to it and he also threw an occasional change up. With just natural maturation and strength gains he's easy to see as a low 90's pitcher in a couple of years. Herron didn't participate in the skills workout so it's harder to get a good read on his position prospects. He took a good batting practice and showed bat speed and some loft in his swing. Herron is an aggressive hitter who gets out to his front side quickly. Tyler is a good student and he needs to be followed very closely. For now Herron is a pitcher, but if that doesn't work out for him, don't be surprised to see him playing shortstop someday. His father at the Showcase, believed that Tyler's best chance at playing in the pros, was playing at short. It's must be nice to have that much talent."

BW (23): "First round, 46th pick. Heck, that should be good enough to hang around on this list for awhile. Seriously, Herron is only 19 years old and while his first season as a professional was not great, there is a long road in front of him. Herron allowed too many baserunners, as he walked almost five per nine innings. Also, of concern to me was his 11 home runs allowed in 49-2/3 innings."

STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking); JS = Jason Scott; LM = Leonda Markee; BW = Brian Walton; RM = Ray Mileur; NR = Not Rated

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