The New York Yankees have announced that they have recalled right-handed pitching prospect Ronald Herrera from Double-A Trenton.
This move comes one night after veteran starter CC Sabathia was removed from a ballgame thanks to a strained hamstring. Although there has been no announced move, Herrera could be taking the 36-year-old’s place when/if he hits the disabled list. The corresponding move will be announced later tonight.
Herrera, who was sent to the Yankees in exchange for infielder Jose Pirela in 2015, has started eight games for the Thunder this season and has been nothing short of dominant. The 22-year-old owns a 7-0 record with a 1.07 ERA. Although his strikeout rate is a tad low at 7.3 K/9, he has held opponents to a .166/.211/.234 slash line while owning the best WHIP (0.755) in the Eastern League.
Unranked by MLB.com’s Pipeline, Herrera owns a fastball that, as mentioned in a previous column on ESNY, averages in the low 90s and tops off at 95. The heater is complemented that with a slider and changeup — which comes with what Baseball Prospectus calls “excellent command and deception.”
The righty is on the 40-man roster, so there doesn’t have to be any complications in terms of exercising a DFA option on anyone — sorry #DFACarter team. Although it’s not clear whether or not Herrera will jump into a starting pitching role in the Bronx, all signs point to the corresponding move being a DL stint for Sabathia.
ROSTER MOVE: Recalled RHP Ronald Herrera from @TrentonThunder. A corresponding move will be announced later today,
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) June 14, 2017