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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 85: Brayan Herrera

Consistent but not overpowering, this young righthander merits a close look as the competition level raises

Steady as he goes: Herrera has been sneaky-effective through two abridged pro seasons.
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Brayan Herrera
185 pounds
Throws: Right
Age: 20
SSS rank among all right-handed starting pitchers in the system: 17

Herrera was part of a large contingent that signed with the White Sox on July 2, 2016, with others signed that day including Lenyn Sosa, Luis Mieses, Anderson Comas, and Kleyder Sanchez.

Of the nine players who signed on July 2, seven signed for larger bonuses than Herrera’s $50,000 — yet Herrera has turned out to be one of the best signings that day. According to Baseball America’s Ben Badler at the time, “He’s 6-foot-2, 185 pounds with a fastball up to 95 mph and a hard slider. Herrera has a four-pitch mix with a curveball and changeup too, though he might fit best in relief.”

In 2017 for the DSL Sox in 15 games (12 starts) totaling 68 23 innings, Herrera posted a 2.62 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, allowing just 57 hits (.221 OBA) and 17 walks (2.23 BB/9) while striking out 47 (6.16 K/9). In 2018 for the AZL Sox in 12 games totaling 56 23 innings, Herrera had a 2.70 ERA and 1.08 WHIP, allowing just 46 hits (.216 OBA) and 15 walks (2.38 BB/9) while striking out 43 (6.83 K/9).

Herrera’s been quite consistent during his two years, and his control has been solid. Despite a good fastball, he’s not striking out a ton of hitters; as he progresses through the system, it’ll be interesting to see how well Herrera performs against sturdier competition. In the meantime, he likely will begin next year in the Great Falls rotation.

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2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

85. Brayan Herrera, RHSP
86. Craig Dedelow, LF
87. Wilber Pérez, RHSP
88. Kyle Kubat, LHRP
89. Johan Dominguez, RHRP
90. Mitch Roman, 2B
91. Ty Greene, C
92. Tanner Banks, LHSP
93. Jake Elliott, RHRP
94. Kevin Escorcia, LHRP
95. Luis Rodriguez, RHSP
96. Ian Dawkins, LF
97. Victor Diaz, RHRP
98. Travis Moniot, LF
99. Will Kincanon, RHRP
100. Brian Clark, LHRP

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