It’s been a busy couple of days for some Duke Baseball players, but this specific Blue Devil has been down this road before.
Herron was the No. 98 overall selection in the draft but he was the fifth Cubs draft choice in the very early stages of the process.
Jimmy Herron has been a fixture in Durham for the past three years, starting 174 of a possible 175 games played. The one game that Herron has played in that he didn’t start came in his freshman year in 2016.
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In that year Herron hit a scorching .324 with 22 doubles and 22 RBI. Herron also stole 24 bases in 28 attempts in his freshman campaign.
His excellent freshman year numbers only got better in Herron’s second year at Duke improving his average to .326, belting five home runs with 17 doubles and 39 RBI. The stolen bases element of Herron’s game took a dip in his sophomore year as he swiped 17 of 24 bases.
After his second season, Herron was drafted in the 31st Round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees but opted to return back to Duke to improve his draft stock.
The numbers have taken a dip for Herron this season, but his production has still been there.
Herron is currently hitting .298 with five home runs, 18 doubles, and 33 RBI. The stolen bases have returned for Herron in his junior season successfully stealing 22 of 25 bags.
At the conclusion of the year, Herron was selected to the All-ACC Second Team and became the first Blue Devil to record over 50 doubles and stolen bases in his Duke career.
Throughout his Duke career, Herron is a .316 hitter with 10 home runs, 57 doubles, and 94 RBI. He has been successful in stealing 81% of bases while still being a patient hitter at the plate drawing 99 walks in his career while getting hit by a pitch 26 times as well.
Despite the excitement of being drafted by an MLB team, Herron has been through this process before but his focus will be on leading Duke in the Super Regional this weekend in Lubbock as the Blue Devils will be facing Texas Tech.