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.
Matthew 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…