Pirates prospect interview: Luis Heredia

Luis Heredia spent the 2012 season in the rotation at State College and posted a 4-2 record and 2.71 ERA. The Pirates will hold the 18-year old right-hander back in extended spring training. He should join the West Virginia rotation about a month into the season. George Von Benko spoke with Heredia at the end of spring training.

GVB – How did you feel physically coming into spring training?

LH – Yeah, I'm feeling good and I'm working out hard for this season. Working everyday and doing extra work and I'm feeling good.

GVB – You pitched at State College last season, were you happy with your performance?

LH – Yes, I was really happy, I worked hard and pitched every day. I had bad days, but there weren't many. I'm just continuing to work, I had good year.

GVB – What are some of the things you are working on? In the minors the Pirates emphasize fastball command, are you happy with your fastball command?

LH – Yeah, I had a good year at State College, but it would be up and I worked to keep my fastball downhill and the fastball is getting better, I don't have bad mechanics right now.

GVB – You feel your mechanics are pretty good?

LH – Yeah, I just keep working, my first year they weren't good and now it's better and I just work on it.

GVB – Fastball is the big thing, but what are some of the other pitches you throw?

LH – I throw a change up, a curve ball and at State College I threw a slurve, but when I came to instructional league they told me I was too young to throw that, so I have three pitches.

GVB – Are you confident in the three pitches?

LH – I'm very comfortable with the pitches, the first pitches is the fastball, but when I need a pitch for an out I throw a breaking ball.

GVB – What was the biggest surprise in your first full stint in the minors at State College?

LH – It was different people and playing at night. I never pitched like that, I pitched to older guys who were 21-years old and I was 17, but I felt great. I'm still growing.

GVB – Have they told you where you will start out?

LH – I'm going to stay in extended spring training and then go to West Virginia. I'm excited and I'm working everyday and I'm ready for the season.

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