Chicago Cubs: D.J. Herz is a high schooler who could do big things

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Chicago Cubs: Impressing in his senior season

High school prospects are tricky. High school pitching prospects specifically are even more delicate. Herz, however, maybe the one to buck that trend. Starring for three seasons at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Herz was quite impressive.

As a sophomore, Herz played varsity. His first season, Herz made nine appearances, going 4-1 with a 0.24 ERA and one save. He faced 105 batters over 29 1/3 innings, walking only nine and not allowing the ball to leave the yard.

Herz’s junior season was even better. The young lefty saw 65 1/3 innings of action over 13 appearances. Herz managed a 7-1 record with a 0.53 ERA and 105 strikeouts. Again, Herz did not allow a home run.

In his final year as a senior, Herz pitched 56 1/3 innings over ten appearances. He finished the year 8-1 with a 0.50 ERA and 106 strikeouts. By the time it was all said and done, Herz managed to complete his high school career with a 0.46 ERA over 151 1/3 innings, 248 total strikeouts, and held opposing hitters to a .113 batting average.