Top Pirates prospect Luis Heredia made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League Tuesday and pitched 2.2 innings, allowing three walks and three runs while striking out none. Like Stetson Allie, who made his pro debut on Monday, Heredia pitched fine for two innings, then ran into trouble in the third.â†µ
Heredia is still only 16, at least a couple years younger than most players even in rookie ball, so this is really nothing to worry about. Obviously, it would have been amazing if he were dynamite in his first pro start, but it's hardly a problem that he wasn't.
Also, the Pirates reacquired infielder Josh Rodriguez for cash from the Cleveland Indians today and sent him to Class AAA, where he could take some playing time away from second baseman Brian Friday, in particular. Rodriguez was a Rule 5 pick for the Pirates last winter and had a few at bats for the big-league club before being returned to Cleveland.