AZDR Prospect Snapshot: Skyline’s AJ Herrera (2019 Uncommitted)
AJ Herrera entered his senior season as a four year starter at Skyline High.
The eldest son of Skyline Head Coach Pat Herrera, AJ has been in baseball dugouts since he was able to walk, and it shows in the way he plays the game.
At 5-10 170, AJ will never be the most physical guy on the baseball field, but when the third out is recorded it’s a lock that he will be the first one to his defensive position.
Hustle is second nature to AJ, and you won’t see him taking pitches off defensively or failing to give a consistent hard 90 on ground balls.
AJ came on strong in his sophomore season, hitting .398 and scoring a team high 33 runs.
Last season as a junior, AJ hit.457 and again led the team with 33 runs scored and had an on base percentage of .581 out of the lead off spot.
AJ is a very solid defensive first baseman. He has good feet, moves very well around the bag and picks balls effortlessly.
When he’s not playing first, AJ covers center field for Skyline. He’s a good runner who gets very good reads off the bat and is able to cover a lot of ground.
In addition to his role as a key position player for the Coyotes, AJ will see innings on the mound as well.
AJ is not just an accomplished baseball player, however. He also excels in the classroom, carrying a 4.5 GPA with a solid 25 ACT.
AJ is uncommitted to a college, but there is definitely a program out there for him.
The coach who is fortunate enough to land this scrappy, catalyst type player will be getting a real asset for their program.
20 Questions with AJ Herrera
All time favorite Major Leaguer ? Tony Gwynn
Favorite current Major Leaguer? Eric Hosmer
Who has been the biggest influence on you athletically? Asst. Coach Scott Cain
One word to describe your style of play? Grinder
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you? My real name is Austin Joseph
4 artists currently in my mp3 player? Jack Johnson, Eminem, Sublime, Nirvana
Favorite Movie? Pulp Fiction
On my secluded island, strand me with… Victoria Justice
In 10 years I hope to be…. Doing something I lov
Refreshing beverage of choice? Coke
Three people I’d like to have at my dinner table: MLK, Michael Jordan, Quentin Tarantino
What’s on the menu for your perfect dinner? Chicken alfredo, Texas Roadhouse rolls, and a Coke
When they make the movie based on your life, who gets the starring role? Leonardo DiCaprio
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
In my sparetime, when I’m not playing baseball, I like to: Watch movies
Best player I’ve played against? Nolan Gorman
Best teammate I’ve had? My brother Patrick
Beach or Mountains? Beach
Favorite TV shows? It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Sons of Anarchy
Most embarrassing moment on the baseball field? Sprinted into the dugout and slipped and fell on my butt