Ronald Herrera

Position: RHP
Born: 05/03/95
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Acquired via trade from the Padres on November 11, 2015, for INF Jose Pirela (NYY). Originally signed by the Athletics as an international free agent (Venezuela) on December 11, 2011 (OAK).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
7-0 with a 1.07 ERA in eight starts at Trenton (Double-A), striking out 41 and walking just nine in 50 1/3 innings while allowing 29 hits for a .166 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Trenton on June 14 when RHP Ben Heller was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 06/14/17

Debut Details
June 14, in a 7-5 loss to the Angels. The second of two pitchers, he took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits, walking one and striking out two while allowing one home run and hitting a batter. Of 29 pitches thrown, 17 were for strikes. Coming on for right-handed starter Michael Pineda to start the bottom of the seventh inning, he got Albert Pujols to ground out to second and Yunel Escobar to ground out to third before issuing a walk to Luis Valbuena. Andrelton Simmons followed with a two-run home run to left-center field. Eric Young, Jr., was then hit by a pitch, stole second base and advanced to third on an throwing error by Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez before Danny Espinosa struck out looking to end the threat. In the eighth, Juan Graterol led off with a single to left before Cameron Maybin grounded out back to the mound, Kole Calhoun lined out to center and Pujols struck out looking.

Player Notes
The Yankees are Herrera's third organization following a pair of trades. Originally signed out of his native Venezuela by the Athletics back in 2011, he spent the next two summers in Short-Season A leagues before making his full-season debut in 2014. Traded on May 15 to the Padres along with INF/OF Jake Goebbert for 1B/OF Kyle Blanks, Herrera combined to go 6-9 with a 3.92 ERA in 26 games that summer between the Athletics' Beloit affiliate (Class A) and the Padres' Fort Wayne team (Class A), both in the Midwest League, striking out 82 and walking 25 in 133 innings while giving up 146 hits. He split 2015 between the Padres' Lake Elsinore (High A) and San Antonio (Double-A) squads, going 8-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 26 games, striking out 104 while walking 42 in 145 2/3 innings, before landing with the Yankees during the offseason. In 2016, he combined to go 10-8 with a 3.94 ERA in 24 games, 23 of them at Trenton and one at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A), fanning 131 and wlaking just 38 in 137 innings. Armed with a fastball in the low 90s, a slider and a changeup, he has been nearly untouchable in his return to Trenton, earning him the skip right past Triple-A to the Yankees.