The 22-year-old certainly has opened up some eyes in Trenton this year, pitching to a 7-0 record with a sparkling 1.07 ERA over 50.1 innings in eight starts. He had a cup of coffee in Triple-A last year, appearing in just one game before starting this year back in Trenton.
As of early Wednesday night, the Yankees have not yet talked with team doctor Christopher Ahmad regarding CC Sabathia‘s hamstring MRI, according to beat writer Erik Boland. Since Herrera is already on the 40-man roster, he can slot into Sabathia’s spot in the rotation should he land on the disabled list. However, don’t forget about Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell or Luis Cessa.
A corresponding move for Herrera should be announced soon.
Herrera was acquired back in November of 2015 from the Padres in the Jose Pirela deal. The 5-foot-11, 185 pound righty has four pitches — a fastball that sits between 91-93 mph, a curveball, changeup and slider which sometimes acts as a cutter.
This is an interesting move considering Herrera has just five innings experience in Triple-A, but Brian Cashman has said repeatedly that prospects will ultimately dictate how fast they get moved through the system. Although Herrera does not currently break the Yankees’ top 30 prospect list according to mlb.com, this speaks to the level of depth the organization has in the minor leagues.