Daniel Ray Herrera
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 6", Weight 165 lb.
- School University of New Mexico
- High School Permian High School
- Debut June 3, 2008
- Final Game September 27, 2011
- Born October 21, 1984 in Odessa, TX USA
Pitcher Danny Herrera made his Major League debut in 2008.
Herrera was 4-7 with a 5.33 ERA as a freshman in college, then was 8-5 with a 6.20 ERA the next year. He led the Mountain West Conference in wins and made the All-Conference team. While his ERA was high, he played in a high-scoring park in a high-offense conference.
Danny Ray led the MWC in ERA (2.24) and innings pitched (128) in 2006. He only walked 29 and went 10-0 on the hill to finish second in the conference in wins. He was an All-Conference pick and split pitcher of the year honors with Jake Arrieta. He was a third-team All-American pick by Baseball America and was a second-team All-American according to Louisville Slugger. Herrera signed with the Texas Rangers and scout Rick Schroeder as a 45th round pick in the 2006 amateur draft.
Herrera split his first pro campaign between the AZL Rangers (0-1, 2 Sv, 2.08, 11 K, 0 BB in 8 2/3 IP) and the Bakersfield Blaze (4-2, 1 Sv, 1.35, 12 BB, 61 K, 39 H in 53 1/3 IP). Baseball America rated him as having the best control in the Rangers chain and being the best pick of the second day of the 2006 draft.
Herrera split 2007 between the Blaze (2-0, 1 Sv, 3.27) and the Frisco RoughRiders (5-2, 3.78 in 34 games, 64 K in 52 1/3 IP). He had a 2.53 ERA in 10 relief appearances for the Surprise Raptors that fall. In the winter, he was traded with Edinson Volquez to the Cincinnati Reds for Josh Hamilton.
Herrera began 2007 with the Charlotte Knights, going 3-0 in 10 games before moving up to the Louisville Bats. With Louisville, he was 0-1 with 3 saves and a 1.27 ERA in 16 contests, allowing 14 hits and 4 walks in 21 1/3 IP. He was called up to Cincinnati to replace the injured Kent Mercker. Danny debuted against the Phillies, coming in for the 7th inning with a 3-1 deficit, two men on and none out, replacing Aaron Harang. Herrera got Shane Victorino on a grounder, intentionally walked Chase Utley then struck out both Ryan Howard and Pat Burrell. Despite this fine debut, Herrera was then returned to the minors, replaced by Homer Bailey.