Future Watch: Starling Heredia Rookie Baseball Cards, Dodgers

Future Watch: Starling Heredia Rookie Baseball Cards, Dodgers – Starling Heredia was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an international free agent in 2015. He was 16 at the time but his 6′-2″, 215-pound frame was near perfect for an outfielder and it helped them get over the $2.6 million-dollar bonus sticker shock that they paid him.

This powerful outfielder has been in the minors since 2016. In 2017, he played for three teams. For the Arizona League Dodgers, he hit a cool .429 with two homers, nine RBI., two doubles and two triples in just seven games. For the Ogden Raptors, his second rookie league team in the calendar year, he hit .427 with four homers and 17 RBI in 19 games. He had five steals as well.

He did get promoted to A-ball. He played for the Great Lakes Loons. That’s where he met his match. In 26 games, he only hit .212. He did have a home run and eight RBI with five steals. It was a long year for the 18-year-old prospect. His six doubles were a good sign however. Physically mature and super strong, Heredia has the potential to rack-up extra-base hits.

Starling Heredia  has a Chrome Prospect Autograph card in 2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball.

According to his MLB.com Draft Profile:

One of the strongest and most physically mature players in the 2015 international class, Heredia already carries 200 pounds on his 6-foot-2 frame at age 17. Heredia generates impressive bat speed and leverage from the right side of the plate. His swing can get long and he may need to tone down his approach against pro pitching, though he did perform well in Dominican Prospect League games. ETA 2020.

Here’s a look at his power stroke:

The Dodgers know how to draft and develop. Give this player a few years to figure it out and he can be a star player. Collectors shouldn’t wait that long.

 

Future Watch: Starling Heredia Rookie Baseball Cards, Dodgers
Russ Cohen