Dilson Hererra will not play SS this season

20-year-old infielder Dilson Herrera will only play second base during his time with the Mets this season, a team insider said (Rubin, Aug. 29).

Hererra played 27 games at shortstop in the minor leagues, compared to 257 games at second base.


miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: Herrera is not a shortstop, two professionals who have watched him told me today. They say, while he’s speedy, he doesn’t have the range of a shortstop, where his arm is also in need of significant work. He’s perfect at second base, they said. This is in line with what Rubin’s source is saying above.

It’s too bad, given how much of a need this team has at short. Speaking of short, I don’t think we’ll see Triple-A SS Matt Reynolds this September, a) since he doesn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster, and b) because he’s slated for the Arizona Fall League. However, next spring, I have a feeling we’ll be talking a lot about Hererra and Reynolds on the middle infield one day…




18 comments
jenkins
jenkins

There's no doubt Herrera is not a SS, and no doubt he is by far the best 2B on the Mets as of now. Murphy will never be the starting 2B on even a division winner. They don't have a bad glove at 2B. Or an addle-brained baserunner either.


Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

I have no problem with the Mets going with Reynolds and Herrera next season, and having Tejada as the backup middle infielder. But that requires a couple of things: We need to see Herrera succeed and not completely bomb, and then the Mets need to turn Murphy and one of Niese or Gee, and maybe Montero as well, into a big-time corner outfield bat. Hopefully the Mets then spend money to shore up their bullpen and the back end of the rotation, and possibly a shortstop to play instead of Reynolds. But there just aren't many great shortstops in the league, and I don't want to give up someone like Wheeler to get a guy like Starlin Castro who just isn't an impact player.

Frank Kajtazi
Frank Kajtazi

We will get a shortstop in the off season,then when Murphy gets traded Dilson will take his place (if he hits better than Flores.

jreyesfan7
jreyesfan7

Murphy wasn't a second baseman either and plays avg. in the position.  If Herrera excels, Murph might be gone, which is not good because this is an  all cost cutting process. Reyes  left the team as a batting champ for silimiar reasons. No offer. The organization went to the cheap route. 

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

So Murph gets traded....Herrera takes over for him...Reynolds will be called up to play SS thus eliminating an outside acquisition. So LF...Den Dekker gets a full year? We improve by maybe 2 or 3 wins?


Im sorry..I need to see a change in mindset now...tired of the same thing every year. I would like to start seeing a competitive team again..a team that can hit..a team that can actually muster more than a 4 game winning streak in the last what 3 years?

Don't discount Murphys offense. He is an avg 2b and I'm not sure what you mean by base running since he leads in runs and has quite a few stolen bases. Why trade a proven player. His numbers have been good for years. Mets need to move him into third spot. Maybe Herrera can play short. Flores is a horrible fielder and tejada has better numbers than him. Stick with your solid players and move out these so called prospects. Den Dekker is another who can't hit. Danaud also. Why does every free agent bat turn to garbage when we acquire them. Beltran is the only exception and he was inconsistent. I guess I'm getting tired of sucking every year.

Mets have one of the best rotations in baseball. Not their fault that the offense is crap. Trading murphy is not the answer since he is the only consistent hitter they have had the past three years. All these prospects are disappointing. BTW. All starters are under 4.00, what other teams can say that. Winning pcts on starters are low because we have an atrocious offense. So let's trade our best hitter and pray that Herrera can hit .220.

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

I doubt it but you can try Neise, Murphy and Montero to colorado for Cargo....doubt they do it...but u can try it.

Then sign Hanley Ramirez...

This team needs to be bold and take a serious turn for the better.

saxon
saxon

Which he will not do... Flores will be SS...

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

@jreyesfan7 I still would give Herrera a shot. Herrera-Murphy up the middle would probably be very solid, and then the Mets can spend the rest of their focus on getting what they need most: a big-time corner outfield bat.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@BerryBeltran Yeah I hate to sound cynical but I could see them moving Murphy and Colon and going with Reynolds at SS, Herrera at 2b and MDD in left field

saxon
saxon

I don't get it... "Flores is a horrible fielder"... 1 error since being given the SS job... Horrible???

James
James

There are just so many things wrong with this post I don't even know where to begin
First of all, it is pretty clear you don't actually watch a lot of games if you think Murphy is an average 2B defensively and have no idea what the OP is talking about in regards to Murphy's baserunning mistakes.  Murphy is inconsistent when it comes to baseball IQ on the basepaths.
Secondly, I have no idea what "solid" player you are referring to in the Flores/Den Decker argument, we don't have a "solid" player to "stick" with which is why these kids are getting some time to figure things out.
Finally, D'Arnaud is terrible?  I think you might want to learn a little about the game, despite a literally epic horrid start to the season D'Arnaud is a league average offensive player in 2014 (which for a catcher is a pretty good thing on its own), if he can avoid hitting .185 for a couple months like he did this season his 120 OPS+ will be a huge benefit to this team going forward.
In short, I am really glad you are not running this team, though I do have to wonder if maybe you are TC because you sound too much like him for my tastes. 

saxon
saxon

I believe Wright has 4/5 in same time period...