2008 Cardinals Prospect #6 – Tyler Herron

Pitching most of the 2007 season while just 20 years of age, the right-handed starter impressed in the Midwest League and now seems ready to step up to the Florida State League and perhaps more in 2008.

Scout.com Player Profile (including links to 2007 and career stats)

2007 Ranking: 20

Position: SP

DOB: 8/5/1986

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 190

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: Wellington High School (FL)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the supplemental first round (46th overall) in the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft.

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Staff Comments (individual rankings in parens)

Leonda Markee (6): Herron is one of the best young pitchers in the Cardinals' system. He moved from the 20th-ranked prospect last season to sixth now. 2007 marked his first full season of pitching. Herron, who was 20 for much of the season, compiled a 1.08 WHIP, .240 batting average against, 2.64 dERA and 2.78 FIP in 137.1 innings pitched for the class-A Swing of the Quad Cities.

His low-90s fastball, changeup and curveball are all rated as average or better although he has a tendency to hang his curve on occasion. Herron can locate his fastball accurately throughout the strike zone. He will likely begin 2008 at high-A Palm Beach.

Dustin Mattison (6): After struggling for two years in rookie leagues, Herron had a breakout season and enhanced his prospect status. The 20-year-old stood out on a talented Quad Cities staff that made the Midwest League playoffs. After finishing his first two seasons with a 5-10 mark and an ERA in the mid fours, Herron ended 2007 with a 3.74 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 137 innings. Herron enjoyed a stretch in which he was totally dominant, going 7-0 with 48 strikeouts in 48 innings.

The former supplemental first-round pick has an easy, repeatable delivery and superb command; he posted a strikeout to walk ratio of five to one. Herron has three pitches that project to be above average: a mid-90s fastball, a superb changeup, and a 12-to-6 curveball that should get better as he matures. He does need to work on his consistency because his fastball can flatten out at times and he does on occasion hang his curveball. He will most likely start the year at Palm Beach but could see time in the Texas League before season's end.

Ray Mileur (7): A ground ball pitcher with above average velocity, Herron has four pitches, a fastball, curve, change up and a sinker. He's learning to pitch despite getting caught up in the tandem-starting pitcher experiment at Quad Cities. Herron has a projectable 6-foot-3, with a 190-pound frame.

His favorite pitch is his curve to go with his 87-91 MPH fastball. He was very effective this past season, getting ahead of batters with his off speed pitches and keeping the ball in the park. He gave up only seven home runs in 137.1 innings, compared to seven home runs in a little over 70 innings in 2006. His stock will continue to rise.

Brian Walton (7): What is there to not like about Herron? In addition to all the impressive stats noted above, Herron has the reputation of being the aggressor on the mound. With pinpoint control on all three of his primary pitches and guile beyond his 21 years, Herron built up solid strikeout counts by fooling hitters as much as by blowing the ball by them.

Fatigue might explain why his baserunners allowed increased somewhat the last two months of the season, but that is in comparison to his unworldly June with 37 Ks against just two walks and 24 hits in 30 1/3 innings.

I expect to see Herron continue his level of 2007 Midwest League domination in the Florida State League in 2008. I am hoping that by escaping the tandem starter situation, Herron can work longer into games and build his stamina and endurance in the process, thereby addressing one of the few concerns expressed about his game.

Key: NR = not ranked, NA = not applicable

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