Daniel Herrera (baseball)

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Daniel Herrera
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Tenure with the New York Mets 2011
Free agent
Relief pitcher
Born: (1984-10-21) October 21, 1984 (age 29)
Odessa, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 3, 2008 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
(through 2011)
Win–Loss record 5–8
Earned run average 3.72
Strikeouts 71
Teams

Daniel Ray "Danny" Herrera (born October 21, 1984 in Odessa, Texas) is a professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent.

Herrera has become well known among baseball fans both for his short stature and for his unique pitch repertoire. He is one of the shortest pitchers in recent Major League baseball history at 5' 6", and one of the few to throw a true screwball.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

Herrera attended Permian High School in Odessa, Texas. Undrafted out of high school, he was chosen by the Texas Rangers in the 45th round of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of New Mexico, where he played for the New Mexico Lobos baseball team.[3] It was in college that Herrera developed his screwball (out of dissatisfaction with his changeup).[4][5]

Herrera pitching for the Reds in 2009

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On December 21, 2007, Herrera was traded by the Rangers along with Edinson Volquez to the Cincinnati Reds for Josh Hamilton.

He made his Major League debut on June 3, 2008, pitching a scoreless inning. Entering the game with men on base and no outs, he induced Shane Victorino to ground out, and after an intentional walk to Chase Utley he struck out both Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell.[6] Two days after his debut, he was optioned back to AAA Louisville to make room on the roster for starting pitcher Homer Bailey.

He was briefly recalled again on June 10, 2008; however, he was sent down just four days later when pitcher Gary Majewski returned from the bereavement list. He made just one appearance during his second stint, pitching two innings while giving up three runs on four hits, striking out two.

In 2009, Herrera made the Reds out of spring training. He recorded his first victory of his career on June 16, 2009 after relieving Aaron Harang in the top of the third inning following an extended rain delay.[7] He pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out two.[8]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On May 23, 2011, Herrera was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers[9] and optioned to the Nashville Sounds. He was designated for assignment on June 17, after making two appearances with Milwaukee.[10]

New York Mets[edit]

On September 1, 2011, Herrera was named as one of the players to be named later that completed the July 12, 2011 trade for Francisco Rodríguez.[11] On January 9, 2012, the Mets placed Herrera on waivers.[12] On April 3, 2012 he was optioned to the Buffalo Bisons.[13]

The Mets released Herrera in March 2013.[14]

Pitching style[edit]

Herrera throws six pitches. He has three fastballs — a four-seamer (83–86 mph, tops out at 88), a two-seamer (82–85), and a cutter (81–84) — as well as a curveball (75–78), a changeup (75–77), and a screwball (67–70). Herrera throws all of his pitches to hitters from both sides of the plate, with the exception of the changeup (which is only used against right-handed hitters). The screwball is his most common pitch in 2-strike counts, especially to righties. His most common pitch against left-handers as a whole is his curveball.[15]

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