Dilson Herrera Finishes With A Bang in Winter Ball

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Second base prospect Dilson Herrera finished the Colombian Winter league strong as he now shifts gears and prepares for the minor league spring training and a full season in the Mets organization.

Herrera, originally a Pittsburgh Pirates prospect, came to the Mets in 2013 along with relief pitcher Vic Black in the trade that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh towards the end of August.

Herrera was sent to Savannah (A) and in seven games he batted .316/.417/.316, with six hits in 19 at bats and three stolen bases in 24 plate appearances. He was also on-hand with the Sand Gnats when they captured the SAL Championship.

Playing in his native country of Colombia, Herrera competed in the winter league with the Sincelejo Bulls and batted .283, with 20 runs, nine doubles, two triples, two home runs, 22 RBI, 27 walks, and a .433 SLUG % in 127 at bats. Herrera was also named to the league’s All Star Team for the 2013-2014 season.

This trade is starting to look like a great steal for the Mets.  Yes, Herrera is another infield prospect, and it doesn’t hurt to have talented players at each position in bulk, well at least that is what the Mets are doing anyway; building up for the future. Can’t wait to watch Herrera play a full season.

(Photo Courtesy of: The Colombian Professional Baseball League)

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  • Hotstreak

    Dilly was a better pickup than Black. However that is saying steak or roast beef they were both great acquisitions for a rental. As good as Wheeler’s rental acquisition: Maybe Wheeler is the prime ribs. Yes this is SA’s strong point: I hope you know I am very critical of the Chef.

    But fair and balanced too.

  • IndianaMet

    Thanks for the update on this kid. He appears to be a promising young talent. If I remember correctly, he’s small in stature but big on talent. Possibly the future secondbaseman for the big club.

    Do we know where he will be starting in the minors this year? Definitely a prospect to watch mature.

  • jason bay

    I imagine Herrera will start at St. Lucie. Good range at 2nd, turns it well. Surprising power for a smaller guy. Has got to cut down on the K’s, decent stolen base threat, turns 20 in March. ETA 2016 if things go well.

  • jason bay

    Hotstreak,

    I believe recycling players into other younger or better players is the most important part of re tooling a teams future. Your not selecting a 16 year old IFA or HS or college kid who may have stood out in amateur ball, your selecting a kid who has a demonstrated history in pro ball and that gives you a better chance of success.

    Recycling (or keeping the value chain alive) combined with the draft and international free agency keeps your farm system churning out talent but it takes a while to start getting them up here but once they do…………

  • sperry

    SA seems to do rather well with the trades. If his any of his first rounders pan out he may end up being one of the best GMs we’ve had.

    I mean if we’re being fair most of his criticism is directly related to the Wilpon’s financial problems. We didn’t sign Granderson because he’s who SA liked the best. We signed him because it was who SA liked the best that the Wilpons were willing to pay for. It’s not like dude is going full Duquette and trading one of the top pitching prospects in baseball for Victor Zambrano.

  • PGrizzly24

    Im really excited about Herrera. The scouting reports on him when we traded for him were pretty encouraging. Mentioned he had surprising pop for a guy his size, and had good range at 2B. And those 27 walks in a short sample are a nice indication that he’s developing patience at the plate. I think he’s our future 2Bman and a good one.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Will he start the season in AA or AAA?

  • KennyandtheMets

    I have found his trades hard to criticize.

  • vigouge

    St. Lucie

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    With a promotion to Binghamton by the start of summer.

  • KennyandtheMets

    Ok

  • vigouge

    Hopefully, all he has to do is do what he did last year but in high A.

  • vigouge

    He probably could jump to AA but at his age (19) there’s no need to skip levels and stunt his growth.

  • Hitmanᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ✔

    I see his power developing more this season that will propel him to AA. He could be up by mid 2015 at his pace.

  • Martin

    I say call him up and let him play. I don’t buy this idea that calling a guy up before he is ready hurts his future.

  • Benny

    It’s amazing how a minor league contract turned out to be one of our best players last year, then Sandy turned around and picked up a legit and young bullpen arm (Closer/Setup) and a tremendous 2B prospect with him (Byrd).

    Now I have been very critical of Sandy because of the way he just lies to our faces, but I gotta admit the guy is pretty good. I mean: Wheeler, d’Arnaud, Herrera, Black, and even Becerra are very intriguing prospects who you need to be excited about if you’re a Mets fan.

  • KennyandtheMets

    If he can maintain a high OBP, with his speed, he could be our future lead off hitter. If Lagares becomes the every day CFer, it would be great to have a 2B or SS who can lead off. I love Lagares, but he might never have a strong enough OBP to lead off.

  • MLBGM Fire TC

    yep, looks like a good trade for sandy here, maybe if c young gets off to a good start he can flip him as well.

  • MLBGM Fire TC

    I agree, I think he might be a 20/20 guy

  • Benny

    Hopefully both C. Young and Puello get off to a hot start and Puello can just transition into RF duties if we do end up trading C. Young.

  • Biggle Boy

    With Dilson and LJ Mazz, the Mets have 2 young prospects for the future at 2B. More reasons why one of my favorite Mets, Murphy, will be traded either this year or in the next couple, unless Ike and Duda fail and Murph is at 1B.

  • oleosmirf

    Is that you Omar?

  • Peter S

    No stolen bases? Is he not a speed guy?

  • Agee’s Catch

    In a perfect world, Hererra splits 2014 between St Lucie and Bingo, and starts 2015 in Las Vegas. That would allow us to move Murphy at the all start break and get something of value, rather than letting him walk.

  • Martin

    Si, que pasa

  • Agee’s Catch

    If he adjusts well enough in St Lucie, I see him making the leap to AA for the second half.

  • Agee’s Catch

    It ain’t a yard sale!

  • Biggle Boy

    Agreed. I don’t see the Mets ever letting Murphy walk. And trading Murph at the All Star break would probably mean EY goes to 2B, and Ike or Duda would have to be hitting.

  • philipag

    And don’t forget Thor – likely the biggest steal of all.

  • Metstheory22

    I am looking forward to seeing how well he does coming up through system.

  • Benny

    Good call! I knew I was forgetting someone…

  • Very excited to see Natera and Lopez elevate this kid’s game at Binghamton. Once he shows he can produce in AA, then we can really get excited about his future. The fact that he will have arguably the best manager and hitting coach in the system overseeing his development in 2014 is fairly awesome.

  • Hotstreak

    Teddy you are a big asset to team MMO. Thank you for your compliment.