This look at Herrera will give Alderson options on the infield

The Mets are happy with what they’ve seen so far from 20-year-old 2B Dilson Herrera, Sandy Alderson told the Press & Sun-Bulletin on Thursday (Worthy, Sept. 4).

“He’ll probably end up with 50, 60 at-bats at least, not that we would make decisions going into next season, but it might give us some sense of direction with him and others that we have in the middle infield,” Alderson said. “We’re happy with what we’ve seen so far. I don’t expect that that we’ll make a decision based on the next 60 at-bats, but if we were going to have to use somebody we felt he was the best guy in the system and on our major-league roster at that time to give the at-bats.”


Dilson Herrera's first career hit


Herrera could have been taken from the Mets during this winter’s Rule 5 Draft, unless protected by being added to the 40-man roster, which is why he was promoted to the Mets last week, Alderson said

In just six games with the Mets, Herrera is batting .182 with seven strike outs and two walks in 26 plate appearances. He has one home run and five RBI.

He had been hitting .340 with a .406 OBP in 61 games for Double-A Binghamton prior to his promotion.

“He’s going to be fine,” Terry Collins said earlier this week. “He’s a good-looking little player.”



miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: He needs to work on his fielding, but that is not news. This has been the report on him since the day he was acquired. The good news is that, at every level, he’s eventually made the adjustment. I trust this will eventually be the case with the Mets. To put it in perspective, he was 16 playing on a training field in Colombia just three and a half years ago. He’ll be fine…

I really like his swing. He’s going to hit a lot of line drives, even on pitches down in the strike zone. He doesn’t slap at the ball, but makes solid contact. It’s a short, quick swing, but he gets a lot of power from his wrists. He’s young, so he’s easily fooled right now, but it looks like he has good-enough instincts, and he has a track record of working hard, so I expect he’ll adjust sooner than later to how he’s being pitched. The Pirates were right, he’s a player, there’s no question about it.



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24 comments

The cheeseball madoff-wilpon management is talking up Herrera and his home run in an effort to get Murphy to take far less in contract than what he merits.  The people here who seriously take Herrera to be an acceptable/PREFERABLE option to Murphy are mentally challenged to a roaring laughter degree.  Infants.  

heatcoach
heatcoach

This short look at Dilson Herrera makes Daniel Murphy expendable.  Herrera is a real second baseman who appears to be a major league ready bat.  Even with his errors, he moves better and has more command of the position than Murphy.  Herrera has also showed more baseball instinct in his first few games than the incumbent has in his entire time in New York.  It is also the best time to trade the one dimensional veteran while he still has some value.  He should be packaged with some other pieces to get a power-hitting outfielder or one of the plethora of young, able shortstops on the market. 

hashburry
hashburry

Sandy's interviews just do not translate to print.

Steven Flower
Steven Flower

I disagree Murphy is a sure thing, this guy has not even accumulated 50 MLB AB's.

birtelcom
birtelcom

After his first 25 games in the majors, Jose Reyes's batting line  was: .209 BA/.211 OBP/.330 SLG/.540 OPS, with 1 stolen base and 2 caught stealings.  


Then in his next 44 games, the rest of his debut season, he was .355 BA/.395 OBP/.486 SLG/.881 OPS, with 12 SBs and 1 CS.

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

"Just reposting this from the other thread"


I usually like to give a lengthy opinion on matters like this so here it goes.


When you look at the 4 years Sandy has been here..one thing is abundantly clear. He has succeeded in what his primary goal was. Take a team that was once in the top ten in payroll year after year, and bring them down to small market status until the owners are able to fund the team like they used to. This plan has been in full affect for a while and there are too many signs that prove it. The only reason they spend last season was because of the TV revenue that all teams received. Prior to that...in 3 off-seasons, their biggest FA signing was Frank Francisco. That speaks volumes. It is one thing to rebuild...but this is a flat out transition from big market to small market and that cannot be argued.


Now...look up and down this 25 man roster. Majority of it outside of Granderson and Colon are either homegrown (Lagares, Flores etc) prospects through trade (Wheeler, D'arnaud, Herrera) or cheap signings (Eveland/Carlylse). Sorry but no team will be a juggernaut when they rely on building that way. Look at the past 10 WS winners. None of those teams won with a predominately homegrown/cheap roster. It is done through trades, FA and from within. That really cannot be argued either as the proof is in the successful teams.


Now, this team has the pieces. The rotation is strong. The bullpen is strong. They have a great CF and a good 1B Their 3B is still an all-star even with one off-season and they have a catcher that finally might be the real deal. That leaves a SS, 2B, LF and RF. Once Murphy is traded, you are relying on 3 unproven players and another player that is having a bad season, to turn it around and prove themselves next season.Your bench is also pretty weak as well. They are not going to make the big step next season as currently constructed, but it looks like that will happen which is not a surprise.


You can't protest, you can't boycott...none of that stuff works. The Mets are unable to go back to what they were right now because Madoff hurt the WIlpons bad. They are going to hope and pray that they step in you know what with some of these young players...they know that if they do that fans will come back and spend. We either deal with it as we love this team or move on. Either way it doesn't change right now

nagel100
nagel100

Dilson should start the season at AAA/  show us he can hit there first.  improve his glove and try to turn 21 before the mets ruin him.


Murphy stays for one year or at the very least until the deadline IF Dilson is ready.  Murphy is our best bat ( not player)  and that is based on the numbers and what you see.  Plus  we have a horrible offense as it is.


all hot air until the Wilpons sell the team anyway.  i'm just hoping Alderson doesn't mess with the truly good young arms we have.  don't trade Noah or matzo ball or degrom or Wheeler.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Sandy is hoping Herrera can play at the ML level. If he can, Murphy will be gone for sure.

herblehman
herblehman

Unless he performs like Albert Pujols in his prime the rest of the season, Dilson Herrera should start next season in Triple-A. I agree with his September callup, to give him a taste of the bigs in a lost season, but in general rushing players is rarely a good idea. I know I'm in the minority, but the guy I want starting at 2B next season is Daniel Murphy. Everyone hates his fielding, but the guy is the Mets' best player.

Todd David Ferrell
Todd David Ferrell

How about we keep our only consistent hitter around and not build the future on a kid that had been here 10 days and batting .182. Mets fans non baseball sense never ceases to amaze me

birtelcom
birtelcom

Last season, Mets batters swung at 28.7% of first pitches, almost exactly matching the league average of 28.8%.  This season, the Mets are down to swinging at 26.0% of first pitches, below the league average of 28.9% (the Mets are 12th this season in the NL in first pitch swing percentage).

Much of that change from last season is probably the switch from Marlon Byrd to Curtis Granderson as the OFer with the most PAs for the Mets.  Marlon swung at first pitches over 39% of the time last season, whereas Grandy has swung at only 19.2% of first pitches this year.  Grandy's number is quite low, although a bit higher than Giancarlo Stanton's (Stanton has swung at 18.8% of first pitches this season).          

matmil
matmil

@BerryBeltran Berry I get your cynical views.Very depressing, has me listening to the theme song from Mash, Suicide is Painless. I get it no hope. All I want to see is better D and a better approach from the hitters and players with their heads in the game. Not too much to ask is it?

hashburry
hashburry

@BerryBeltran Sorry, I can't read all those words. ADHD!  I will say, the Mets need to be creative, but I am not suggesting being cheap.  At this point, power arms seem to be a dime a dozen, so their stockpile of young arms is not nearly as valuable as Alderson though they would be.  So I ask, who would you rather be, the Mets, with potential on the pitching side, or the Cubs, with all that every day talent?  I can envision the Cubs signing Lester and another top of the order guy, a couple of bullpen arms, and all of a sudden they are scary.  The Mets, on the other hand, will struggle to find any bats, let alone players that can play both sides of the ball.  And the Mets, right now, may have the worst defensive team in baseball.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@BerryBeltran . . .  The Mets works on a bait and switch concept. .  Change players of the same caliber and hope for the best.

jaydhn
jaydhn

@nagel100 based on #s, he's not the best bat. But I agree Dilson should start the season in AAA.

thecasuaLGM
thecasuaLGM

@Bob Burket Looks like someone set their alarm to scalp instead of radio last night. 

birtelcom
birtelcom

@hashburry  "And the Mets, right now, may have the worst defensive team in baseball."  Maybe you mean Wilmer and Dilson in the middle infield.  But for the season as a whole there are no metrics I can find that indicate the Mets have had a bad defense this season. Among other things, they have turned 69.1% of balls in play into outs, which is exactly the league average. 

If Wilmer and Dilson actually become a long-term DP combo and learn to play great defense together, would that make them Wil-son Pickett?  

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@jaydhn @nagel100  . . the real issue is whether the Mets want to pay Murphy's 2015 salary approx $9 Mil. The cost cutting prevails over who plays on the field.

jaydhn
jaydhn

@MetsFan1962 @jaydhn @nagel100 and the Mets really shouldn't pay that for a pseudo 2B. I would shop Murphy hard but be realistic about the return. Sandy's been asking for prospects rated in the top 20 in the league.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@jaydhn . .  But, trading Murphy we lose one of the best batters on the team. Herrera is not likely going to meet his stats.

jaydhn
jaydhn

@MetsFan1962 @jaydhn to replace murphy you don't need someone who hits as well as he does if they play a better 2B. I don't think Dilson is ready, but I have no problem moving on from Murphy.