Royals Acquire Eduardo Herrera From Arizona For Nick Heath


KANSAS CITY, MO. (April 17, 2021) – The Royals announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Eduardo Herrera from the Arizona Diamondbacks for outfielder Nick Heath, who was designated for assignment on Wednesday.

Herrera, 21, was signed by Arizona as an international free agent in 2016, and played as a catcher and infielder in the Dominican Summer League from 2017-18. He converted to a right-handed pitcher in 2019 and struck out 38 batters in 23.2 innings (14.5 K/9) across 22 relief appearances between the Arizona League and Class-A Hillsboro.

Heath, 27, was selected by Kansas City in the 16th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft and made his Major League debut with the Royals last season, appearing in 15 games.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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