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.”
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.”
Matthew 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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