|Winnipeg Goldeyes – No. 16|
Born: August 5, 1986|
West Palm Beach, Florida
As a senior at Wellington High School in Florida, Herron led the nation with a 0.25 ERA. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the First Round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. Herron was ranked the Midwest League # 11 prospect in 2007, and the St. Louis Cardinals # 10 prospect, by Baseball America. He pitched for the Honolulu Sharks in the Rookie 2008 Hawaii Winter Baseball League, and led the league with a 0.69 ERA. Pitching for the Indios de Mayagüez in the winter of 2014, he was a post-season Puerto Rico Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente All Star and a Caribbean World Series All Star. In 2016, pitching for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, he led the independent American Association with a 0.80 ERA.
Herron pitched for Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Herron was born and grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida.
He attended Wellington High School, in Wellington, Florida. Initially, in high school he played shortstop and third base. As a senior for the Wellington Wolverines, he led the nation with a 0.25 ERA, and struck out 81 batters in 57 innings.
He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the First Round (46th, overall) of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft. His agent was Jim Munsey, his former T-ball pitcher. He received a $675,000 signing bonus.
He began his professional career in 2005 with the Johnson City Cardinals of the Rookie Appalachian League, going 0–3 in 13 starts with a 5.63 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 49.2 innings as he kept opponents to a .245 batting average. He was ranked the Appalachian League # 20 prospect, and the St. Louis Cardinals # 12 prospect, in 2005 by Baseball America.
The following season, pitching for Johnson City, on August 13, 2006, he was voted Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week. In 13 starts for Johnson City he was 5–6 with a 4.13 ERA, and he lost his one start with the State College Spikes of the Class A-Short New York-Penn League while giving up two runs in six innings. He was ranked the Appalachian League # 13 prospect, and the St. Louis Cardinals # 18 prospect, in 2006 by Baseball America. Pitching for Johnson City and State College, he averaged 8.88 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, third-best among Cardinals' minor leaguers.
In June 2007, pitching for the Class A Swing of the Quad Cities, he was named Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month. On July 2, 2007, he was voted Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. For the season he was 10–7 with a 3.74 ERA, and in 137.1 innings gave up 26 walks while he had 130 strikeouts (6th in the league) as he kept opponents to a .240 batting average. He averaged 1.69 walks per nine innings as a starter, which was 4th-lowest among Midwest League starters, and his strikeout/walk ratio of 5.00 led the league. He threw primarily a mid-90s sinking fastball, a solid changeup, and a curveball with a good break. He was ranked the Midwest League # 11 prospect in 2007, and the St. Louis Cardinals # 10 prospect, by Baseball America.
Pitching for the Class A-Advanced Palm Beach Cardinals, on August 4, 2008, he was voted Florida State League Pitcher of the Week. For the season for the team, he was 2–2 with a 2.70 ERA in 15 starts, and in 56.2 innings he gave up 11 walks as he kept opponents to a .234 batting average. Pitching for the Springfield Cardinals of the AA Texas League, he was 5–5 with a 5.20 ERA. He was ranked the St. Louis Cardinals # 23 prospect after the 2008 season by Baseball America. He pitched for the Honolulu Sharks in the Rookie 2008 Hawaii Winter Baseball League, and led the league with a 0.69 ERA.
Pitching for the Springfield Cardinals in 2009 he was 2–4 with a 4.34 ERA in 9 starts. He was released by the St. Louis Cardinals in June 2009. He was then signed that month by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pitching the remainder of the season for the Altoona Curve of the AA Eastern League, he was 0–2 with a 4.50 ERA. He was released by the Pirates in October 2009.
In 2010, he pitched for the Kalamazoo Kings in the independent Frontier League, primarily as a reliever, throwing between 89 and 93 mph with his fastball. He did not pitch in 2011 due to rehabilitation from surgery for an arm injury.
In 2012, he pitched for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks of the independent American Association, going 12–3 with a 3.29 ERA (6th in the league) in 23 games (17 starts) over 123 innings with 105 strikeouts (6th in the league) and 30 walks. His 12 wins tied for second-best in the league, and his strikeouts/walks ratio of 3.50 was 7th-best in the league.
In December 2012 the Washington Nationals signed him as a free agent to a minor league contract. In 2013, he pitched for the Potomac Nationals of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, for whom he was 1–1 with a 1.70 ERA as he struck out 32 batters in 20.1 innings as he kept opponents to a .222 batting average, and the Harrisburg Senators of the AA Eastern League for whom he was 6–2 with a 3.11 ERA as he struck out 58 batters in 46.1 innings and kept opponents to a .247 batting average.
Pitching for the Indios de Mayagüez in the winter of 2013, in the Puerto Rico Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente, in 19 games (third in the league) in relief he was 1–0 with a 0.84 ERA (leading the league, for all pitchers with 20 or more innings pitched).
In 2014, he pitched for the Harrisburg Senators for whom he was 3–2 with a 2.73 ERA in 48 relief appearances (tied for 6th in the league), and for the Syracuse Chiefs of the AAA International League for whom he pitched 1.2 innings.
Pitching for the Indios de Mayagüez in the winter of 2014, he was a post-season Puerto Rico Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente All Star. Pitching for Puerto Rico in 2014, he was a Caribbean World Series All Star.
In 2015, he pitched for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association, and was 6–7 with a 4.47 ERA in 20 starts, tied for second in the league with four complete games and two shutouts, and was third in the American Association with 119 strikeouts in 131 innings. Pitching for the Indios de Mayagüez in the Puerto Rico Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente in the winter of 2015, he was 5–2 with a 1.96 ERA in 18 relief appearances.
In 2016, pitching for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, he led the American Association with a 0.80 ERA in 56 innings in which he walked 12 batters, had a 5–1 record, and held opponents to a .161 batting average, at the time he was signed by the Mets.
In June 2016 the New York Mets signed him as a free agent to a minor league contract. In 2016, he pitched for the Binghamton Mets of the AA Eastern League for whom he was 2–6 with a 6.32 ERA in 11 starts, and the Las Vegas 51s of the AAA Pacific Coast League for whom he was 1–0 with a 2.70 ERA. In November 2016 he elected to become a free agent.
On March 28, 2017, Herron signed with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League. He made 12 starts, finishing with a record of 3–5 and a 5.52 ERA before he was released on June 11, 2017. He re-signed with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association on June 20, 2017, for whom he was 9-3 with an ERA of 2.92.
Herron's career minor league record through 2017 is 38–41, with a 4.12 ERA, and 588 strikeouts in 667 innings. His career foreign league record over five seasons is 9–5 with a 2.59 ERA. And his career independent league record over five seasons was 33–18, with a 3.33 ERA.
World Baseball Classic; Team Israel
Herron was on the roster for Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifier, but did not pitch.
Herron pitched for Team Israel at the 2017 World Baseball Classic in March 2017. He said it was: "The best experience I've ever had in baseball for sure... It was the coolest experience I've ever had."
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