Yoslan Herrera

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Yoslan Herrera
20150322 Yoslan Herrera Betancourt, pitcher of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, at Seibu Prince Dome.JPG
March 22, 2015 in Seibu Prince Dome
Free agent
Born: (1981-04-28) April 28, 1981 (age 36)
Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 12, 2008, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 2–2
Earned run average 6.43
Strikeouts 23

Yoslan Herrera (born April 28, 1981) is a Cuban professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Professional career[edit]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Herrera made his U.S. pitching debut after defecting from Cuba in July 2005 and signing a Major League contract with the Pirates on December 18, 2006. He was rated by Baseball America as the Pirates' fourth best prospect entering the 2007 season.[citation needed] He was a member of the Pirates' 40-man roster during the '07 season though he spent the entire season with the Double-A Altoona Curve. He went 6–9 with a 4.69 ERA in 25 starts. In 12823 innings pitched for the Curve, allowing 151 hits and 38 walks, while striking out 70 batters. Eastern League hitters posted a .296 average against him, including a .315 mark by left-handed batters.

In 2008 Herrera attended Major League spring training as a member of the Pirates' 40-man roster for the second consecutive season. He made 22 starts for Double-A Altoona, one with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians and five in the Major Leagues with Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Curve's Opening Day roster for the second consecutive season. In 22 starts with Altoona he went 6–9 with a 3.46 ERA in a team-high 11413 innings. Herrera was named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending June 8 after his eight scoreless inning performance on June 6. He was promoted to Indianapolis for a spot start on June 27 against the Columbus Clippers and earned the win in his Triple-A debut, scattering seven hits and allowing only two runs. He returned to Altoona on June 29 Herrera was recalled by Pittsburgh on July 12 and made his Major League debut that night.[1] He pitched 413 innings, giving up six earned runs, and stuck out four.[2] He earned his first major league win on July 24, shutting out the San Diego Padres through six innings.[3] Hererra was optioned back to the Double-A Curve on August 4.

Herrera split the 2009 season between the Double-A Curve and the Triple-A Indians. With the Curve he went 11–1 with a 3.23 ERA with 65 strikeouts, giving up five home runs in 9723 innings pitched in 23 games, 15 starts. In four games with the Indians Herrera went 1–1 with a 2.30 ERA in 1523 innings pitched. In November 2009, the Pirates released Herrera.[4]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

Herrera's first pitch in the Major Leagues, to Aaron Miles of the St. Louis Cardinals

On March 2, 2010, Herrera signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins.[5] In May 2010, Herrera asked for and received his release.[6]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

Herrera signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in December 2013.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Meyer, Paul (July 11, 2008). "Herrera to start with Pirates tomorrow night". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh 12, St. Louis 11". MLB.com. July 12, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2008. 
  3. ^ Jenifer Langosch (July 24, 2008). "With pressure on, Herrera delivers". PittsburghPirates.com. Retrieved July 25, 2008. 
  4. ^ Williams, Tim (November 11, 2009). "Pirates release Yoslan Herrera and others". Archived from the original on January 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ Collias, Nick (March 6, 2010). "Latin Links: Ruiz, Haitian Players, Ramirez". 
  6. ^ "Wings add two pitchers from Double-A". May 10, 2010. 

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