Originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 27th round of the 2011 First-Year-Player Draft left-handed pitcher Chaz Hebert has been slowly making a name for himself as one of the Yankees surprise pickups in the later rounds of the draft.
Chaz signed with the Yankees on August 30, 2011 and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Yankees but the season was over and he would have to wait for 2012 to make his professional debut. He threw just 25 innings in 2012 for the Gulf Coast Yankees and earned a 2-1 record with a 2.52 ERA over 11 games, 2 starts. He returned to the Rookie-level GCL in 2013 and pitched to a 4.50 ERA in 45 innings over 13 games, 8 starts, before he earned a 1-game promotion to the Staten Island Yankees. In his lone game in the NY-Penn League he allowed 2 runs over 6 innings.
In 2014 he started the season with the Tampa Yankees and allowed 6 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings over 3 starts for the Yankees Florida State League Affiliate. The young lefty was then sent down to the Charleston RiverDogs where in 15 games, 8 starts, he struck out 57 batters over 65 innings and earned a 2.49 ERA.
At 23-years old, Hebert is still relatively young and has 4 years of experience in the minors reaching as high as Triple-A this past season where he was 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA in 3 games, 1 complete game, for the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The young lefty struck out 12 batters over his 17 innings in Triple-A while allowing just 2 runs on 17 hits and 2 walks.
Most of Chaz’s 2015 season experience came with the Tampa Yankees of the Florida State League where he was 7-6 with an ERA of 2.95 in 21 games, 15 starts, including 2 complete games. He allowed 35 earned runs over 106 2/3 innings, striking out 82 and walking 26. He had 2 games in the South Atlantic League with the Charleston RiverDogs where he allowed 1 earned run over 10 1/3 innings. Overall he pitched to a 10-7 with a 2.55 ERA over 26 games and 134 innings.
Hebert followed up his strong breakout 2015 season with a triple to the Arizona Fall League where he served primarily as a piggyback for starter Ian Clarkin. In 7 games in the AFL he was 0-1 with a 4.40 ERA over 14 1/3 innings of work. He allowed 7 earned runs throughout the season, 3 of those runs came in his last game of the season which was also his only start in Arizona. In total he threw 148 1/3 innings including both the regular season and the Arizona Fall League.
A four-pitch pitcher, Chaz get most of his outs using a plus changeup to compliment his low-90s miles per hour fastball as well as a slider that is a solid above average pitch. He added a cutter to his arsenal in 2014 and was focusing on developing that throughout this season. He uses his cutter and slider to keep batters off balance off of the fastball, changing his approach depending on the game and the batter he faces.
He does not blow away hitters with his fastball, instead he relying on his command and control to set up his breaking pitches. He pitches to contact to try to limit his pitches and go deeper into games which he has done several times this past season.
It is expected that Hebert will open the 2016 season with the Double-A Trenton Thunder, where he will be a regular part of their starting rotation. If he continues to develop as he had the last few years, there is a good chance he will earn a return to Triple-A and even a shot at the major leagues is not out of the question.