By Jason Wojciechowski on May 28, 2014 at 11:04 PM
Per Corey Brock, the Padres have taken their player to be named later in the Kyle Blanks - Jake Goebbert trade, and it's Beloit pitcher Ronald Herrera. Well, he's not for Beloit anymore, since he's been traded. You know what I mean.
Herrera is a little guy, 5'11" and 185 pounds, especially for a right-handed pitcher, and he's never been known as a top-top prospect, garnering a solid $20,000 bonus out of Venezuela, ranking 17th on Baseball America's A's list this offseason and 16th on MLB.com's, and so forth.
Still, though, he's a 19-year-old who was pitching in the Midwest League where, per Baseball-Reference, the average pitcher is almost three years older than that, and he was doing a nice job through his first 50 innings, particularly on the control front, as he'd put just 15 men on base for free (10 walks, 5 HBP) so far. The strikeouts aren't really there and six homers in those 50 innings is alarming, particularly since, reading between the lines of Jonathan Mayo's scouting report at MLB.com, Herrera's stuff is more impressive for his size than it is actually impressive. Still, the command is apparently legit, and if the Padres manage to finagle a starting pitcher out of Kyle Blanks, a change-of-scenery candidate if ever there was one, they'll have done well.
It's a sizable "if," though, and nothing about Herrera in the present makes me wish Beane hadn't pulled this particular trigger.