Michael Baron, Contributor
Last week, Sandy Alderson sent $250,000, John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pirates for reliever Vic Black and 19-year-old second baseman Dilson Hererra.
Herrera is now the ninth best prospect in the Mets organization, and became the fifth position player prospect in the top 10, according to MLB.com. He has six hits in 19 at bats, including three stolen bases, since joining New York’s Low-A affiliate in Savannah.
Having talked with people in the organization, the Mets seem really excited about the acquisition of Herrera. They love his swing and he has above average speed, which should help in the field and at the plate. They feel he might ultimately be an offensive-oriented second baseman, but he’s making strides with his defense to the point he will become above-average at the position.
Herrera is still a few years away; he won’t turn 20 until March. This was his first year in full-season ball, so I’d expect him to make it to High-A St. Lucie next year, assuming all goes well. It will be interesting to see how he fares at the plate in a league where it’s more difficult to produce. No matter, the Mets feel they did well in this trade, as they managed to acquire depth and a potential future piece on the infield.