Heredia Changing It Up At Instructs

Jesus Montero might be receiving all the accolades right now from the Gulf Coast League Yankees team, but internally, the bigger buzz might just be about the rapid development of Jairo Heredia. Posting a 2.72 ERA in eleven games and nearly a five to one strikeout-to-walk ratio, Heredia says his main goal for Instructs is developing that consistent third pitch.

"I felt very good about my year," Jairo Heredia said through the help Manny Barreda translating. "My curveball was working very well for me. I didn't really over-use it in games. I just focused working on it in the bullpens and then worked it into games. That's what I focused on. I attribute it to not having a tired arm."

Putting up incredible numbers as one of the youngest pitchers in the league this past season, it was the 17-year old's impressive fastball-curveball combination that has everyone talking about his potential.

He wasn't just a two-pitch hurler however, mixing in a quality changeup and showing an advanced feel for it at such a young age, but he's quick to admit perfecting that pitch is his top priority for the Instructional Leagues this year.

"It's going well," he said of the progress of his changeup. "I'm developing it and that's the key thing I'm working on right now. I need to change the velocity on it, throw it slower. I also want to improve the rotation on it.

"Right now that's my most important thing. I'm real happy with my fastball. The fastball is what helps me setup the hitters. If I can just keep it the same, and maybe improve it, that's really going to help my game."

Possessing the competitive fire to go right after batters and not back down, not to mention uncanny command of his pitches despite his youth, he is already starting to receive a lot of attention as a top pitching prospect.

In fact, his manager from the Gulf Coast League Yankees, Jody Reed, has already been on record as calling him a young Pedro Martinez because of his abilities.

"I feel really good, that's a great complement," said Heredia. "Coming up, everybody has told me that I was a young Pedro Martinez and that's great to hear."

While some team officials and the scouts who signed him might not be too surprised by his early success, his coaches and Heredia himself didn't really know what to expect when the season began.

"No I wasn't expecting this type of success this early," he admitted. "I thought I would have an average year, not to rise above anybody else. I thought I was going to stay in the norm with everyone."

He has shown flashes of throwing a plus changeup but would like to make it a much more consistent weapon in his arsenal. He believes if he can do that, he could become even better.

"I feel a lot more prepared and more confident in myself," he said after his first season. "I've gotten good experience now in professional baseball and now I know what to expect a little bit more. With God's help, I think I can do a lot better next year."

Beyond his stuff and abilities, what the Yankees are truly impressed with is his work ethic, which leads many to believe that plus changeup in his repertoire is just a matter of time.

"I'm just very grateful for the year that I had and it could be a good example of what a young guy can do if they work hard. I'm grateful for that," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I felt very good about my year,\" Jairo Heredia said through the help Manny Barreda translating. \"My curveball was working very well for me. I didn't really over-use it in games. I just focused working on it in the bullpens and then worked it into games. That's what I focused on. I attribute it to not having a tired arm.\"
\r\n
\r\nPutting up incredible numbers as one of the youngest pitchers in the league this past season, it was the 17-year old's impressive fastball-curveball combination that has everyone talking about his potential.
\r\n
\r\nHe wasn't just a two-pitch hurler however, mixing in a quality changeup and showing an advanced feel for it at such a young age, but he's quick to admit perfecting that pitch is his top priority for the Instructional Leagues this year.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's going well,\" he said of the progress of his changeup. \"I'm developing it and that's the key thing I'm working on right now. I need to change the velocity on it, throw it slower. I also want to improve the rotation on it.
\r\n
\r\n\"Right now that's my most important thing. I'm real happy with my fastball. The fastball is what helps me setup the hitters. If I can just keep it the same, and maybe improve it, that's really going to help my game.\"
\r\n
\r\nPossessing the competitive fire to go right after batters and not back down, not to mention uncanny command of his pitches despite his youth, he is already starting to receive a lot of attention as a top pitching prospect.
\r\n
\r\nIn fact, his manager from the Gulf Coast League Yankees, Jody Reed, has already been on record as calling him a young Pedro Martinez because of his abilities.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel really good, that's a great complement,\" said Heredia. \"Coming up, everybody has told me that I was a young Pedro Martinez and that's great to hear.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile some team officials and the scouts who signed him might not be too surprised by his early success, his coaches and Heredia himself didn't really know what to expect when the season began.
\r\n
\r\n\"No I wasn't expecting this type of success this early,\" he admitted. \"I thought I would have an average year, not to rise above anybody else. I thought I was going to stay in the norm with everyone.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe has shown flashes of throwing a plus changeup but would like to make it a much more consistent weapon in his arsenal. He believes if he can do that, he could become even better.
\r\n
\r\n\"I feel a lot more prepared and more confident in myself,\" he said after his first season. \"I've gotten good experience now in professional baseball and now I know what to expect a little bit more. With God's help, I think I can do a lot better next year.\"
\r\n
\r\nBeyond his stuff and abilities, what the Yankees are truly impressed with is his work ethic, which leads many to believe that plus changeup in his repertoire is just a matter of time.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm just very grateful for the year that I had and it could be a good example of what a young guy can do if they work hard. I'm grateful for that,\" he concluded.
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