Dilson Herrera had another great game tonight for Binghamton who beat Akron by a score of 12-3. Herrera finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs, two runs scored and a walk.
ESPN’s Keith Law had heaps of praise for the Mets’ 20-year-old second baseman prospect in an online chat.
Herrera is capable of becoming an above average, every-day, big-league second basemen, and maybe more, he revealed in his weekly chat. He continued, saying “If he ended up on a few All-Star teams, I wouldn’t be shocked.”
Between Single-A and Double-A this season, Herrera has hit .320 with a .378 OBP while hitting 12 home runs and driving in 65 runs. Add in 22 stolen bases and some sound defense up the middle and he has had an incredible all-around season.
Herrera was acquired in the trade that sent John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pirates last season. The Mets also received Vic Black in the deal that is now looking like one of the best we’ve seen from Alderson thus far.
Barring injury, I would expect Herrera to start next season in Las Vegas and he could earn a call to the majors sometime late in 2015.
It is also important to note Herrera’s age and production in context of his peers. He is 4.7 years younger than the average hitter in the Eastern League. And yet his age has not held him from being among the top offensive players in the league thus far.
His production in Binghamton has dwarfed his St. Lucie production. So far in Binghamton, he is producing at a .344/.417/.574 clip with nine homeruns and eight stolen bases while driving in 46 runs. Keep in mind that he has played in 14 less games in AA as well.
All things considered, age, position, and offensive production, I believe Herrera has the potential to be a star in the majors, and he will significantly affect the Mets’ decision-making when it comes time to re-sign or part ways with Daniel Murphy.