John Perrotto

Heredia Progressing Quickly For Pirates

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Luis Heredia could hear what Pirates farm director Larry Broadway was saying but he was just having a hard time comprehending the news.<br/>The Pirates, known for slowly advancing their prospects through the farm system, pulled a surprise last June when they assigned Heredia to short-season State College. Heredia, who did not turn 18 until August, had pitched just 30 innings for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Pirates in his professional debut in 2011.

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Pirates Add Oliver And Robinson

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The two trades weren't the kind that might gain Pirates general manager Neal Huntington the nickname "Wheel and Deal Neal." However, acquiring a pair of stalled prospects—lefthander Andrew Oliver from the Tigers and first baseman Clint Robinson from the Royals—is the kind of low-risk, high-reward move Huntington likes to make as the GM of a small-market team that has had 20 consecutive losing seasons.

Majors | #2012#Organization Reports#Pittsburgh Pirates