Mets 2B prospect Dilson Herrera named to July’s All-Prospect Team

Mets 20-year-old Double-A 2B Dilson Hererra was named to Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team for July, according to a report posted by Matt Eddy (Baseball America, Aug. 5).

“Herrera may not have a single knockout tool, but he does many things well,” writes Eddy. “In fact, he hit .320 and ranked third in the minors with 139 hits at the end of July, thanks to a quick swing and plenty of hard contact. He has enough power, speed and control of the zone to profile as a big league starter at the keystone.”


Dilson Herrera at second base


Herrera was acquired from the Pirates with Vic Black last summer in exchange for John Buck and Marlon Byrd.

He was ranked the organization’s ninth-best prospect by MLB.com at the start of the season (MLB.com, Jan. 2014).

“Herrera isn’t the biggest guy in the world, he’s shown he can really hit and projects to be an above-average hitter in the future, with more power than you’d expect from a guy his size,” MiLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo said this past winter.

Toby Hyde, Contributor

July 25: Herrera is crushing the ball in Double-A. … Herrera worked to eliminate his leg kick and simplify his swing in St. Lucie, and the result has been a lower strikeout rate this year. He’s struck out fewer times in Double-A, against the best pitching he’s seen in his life, than he did in Single-A. … So, what’s real, given sample size >> Read more at SNY’s Mets Minor League Blog.




29 comments
mets1973
mets1973

This guy looks like a right hand hitting Wally Backman. Small, scrappy, good with the glove.

Al Messenger
Al Messenger

I predict Herrera will be our second baseman come next August. It would be crazy to give Murphy an extension. Trade Murphy at the deadline next year and bring up Herrera. He will have had 1/2 season in Vegas. He'll be ready and he will also take care of our leadoff spot.

nym68
nym68

I said it before on here and I'll say it again... This is the type of player Colorado would want back along with a Thor or a Wheeler...plus another pitcher at least. Throwing stuff four pitchers that you don't want want into the deal will not get it done. They'll need players back in the trade too. Players like Dilson, Dom Smith, Lagares (especially Lagares for that outfield). 

I'm a go get Tulo guy, but I also know Colorado won't give him to us because we're the Mets and we'll pay about 3/4 of his salary

tw22
tw22

When people get on Alderson for whatever nonsense they need to spout forth they forget that he turned John Buck and Marlon Byrd into an effective major league set up man and a future major league second baseman. We should be looking in the off-season for a way to turn the worth of Daniel Murphy into a SS of the now. Can you imagine the bump Murphy would receive in his numbers if he went with others to say, Colorado?

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

Plays very good defense too. Does not have the arm for SS, so don't look for him there. Next season at AAA should be interesting for him.

Kevin Pitino
Kevin Pitino

Looks like both our trades with the Pirates have worked out well!

mets2891
mets2891

@Al Messenger What's crazy is letting our best hitter go on the assumption that a guy in AA will end up being a good professional.

mets2891
mets2891

@nym68 Give it up, the Wilpons are never paying those guys.  It's a waste of time to think about it at this point.

moeb
moeb

And to add to to sandy A, The no sign for drew AND the pass on michael bourne. Bourne is a slap hitting cf making 12 mill per. That means no lagares in center and no dom smith last year. Picking duda over ike is being down played.

Paul Rubin
Paul Rubin

@Mike Herrington I'd look for Herrera to get brought up in mid 2015 or used as trade bait if they decide to keep Murphy. His time at AAA will be short if he plays well there.

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@Mike Herrington You don't need to have "the arm" to play SS. There have been and are many examples of SS who don't have "the arm" who have done an adequate job. So to 'say don't look for him there' is premature.

rico
rico

@Mike Herrington yeah he's probably going to be the next 2nd baseman, unless Flores can sandwich himself in there somehow. I think the plan is Murphy to Herrara but we will see.

tone
tone

@hashburry  I was thinking the same.  However i have this feeling he will be traded along with a pitcher.

methead
methead

@moeb this is the only real trade he has made.  The other 2 were much easier trades to pull off (Wheeler and Syndguard).   He hasn't done much outside of that.  Lets not give too much credit here as Dilson isn't even in the majors.  


I will say for this trade, he did well.  

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

@BronsonSNY @Mike Herrington From Mets minor blog earlier this year:


I did not see the arm to think that Herrera could play shortstop everyday in the big leagues, confining him to second base as his longterm position. However, I heard some suggestions that the Mets were going to play Herrera at shortstop some in advanced-A. Given that most of the guys playing short in a-ball are not doing so at a Major League level, there’s little downside to this idea especially if the payoff that Herrera develops the valuable skill to versatile enough to slide over to short as a backup.

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

@BronsonSNY @Mike Herrington He has played some SS and I have seen him. Mets are in a strong need of a SS, Dilson would have been nice if he could. He has not shown the ability to make throws to be a SS in my opinion. But in my defense, scouts agree. AA level ball is not premature at all, it should be the level to chart your path forward. Dilson's path is 2B, I think he will be a good one there.

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

@rico @Mike Herrington I agree on all points. Dilson is a better overall player with his potential than Murphy/Flores. Dilson also is a very good runner, will steal some bases which is something the Mets need.  If he proves himself at AAA next season, it should be interesting what Sandy does. My opinion is Murphy would be way overpriced for what he does in salary.. But his trade value will be high enough to carry a good return. We shall see.


Going forward you are going to hear plenty about Dilson, as he is a very good player.

ken1010
ken1010

No, Dilson will be cheaper than Murphy. My guess is that Murph will go at the trade deadline next year when the Mets are sellers.

The alternative is for the Mets to lay out the money needed to win, and the evidence for that is not there yet. I hope they surprise me.

stemog
stemog

@sjm25 @rico @Mike Herrington Be real. Murphy will be making north of $10 million per year starting next year. Herrera makes nothing? I'd bet the house Herrera is the starting second baseman before the 2015 season is over. 

tw22
tw22

@sjm25 @rico @Mike Herrington We bring it up, because if Herrera projects as an above average MLB hitter with above average defense he is already better than Murphy, but Murphy is more attractive to a team not looking to rebuild but retool, like Colorado. I can see a scenario where Colorado accepts Murphy, Plawecki, and maybe even Flores along with one of our MLB ready arms (two without Flores) for Tulo and some cash or prospect.

rico
rico

@sjm25 @rico @Mike Herrington because the fanchise has talked about Murphy and Herrerra since Dilson got here. Nobody talking about Flores future.