What you need to know about 20-yr-old Mets 2B Dilson Hererra

20-year-old Double-A 2B Dilson Herrera will be youngest player to debut for Mets since Ruben Tejada and Jenrry Mejia.

Hererra, who will wear No. 2 with the Mets, is being promoted Friday after Daniel Murphy was put on the disabled list with a calf strain.

According to Terry Collins, Herrera is expected to be the team’s every-day second baseman until Murphy returns from the DL.

Herrera talked to reporters after arriving to the ballpark and said he is not a power hitter, but a consistent, line-drive hitter; he knows most of his Latin teammates; he has no idea what he was given No. 2; and he’s proud to be the first player from Colombia to be on the Mets.


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Herrera hits to all fields using a line-drive stroke and a solid two-strike approach, a scout watching him recently told reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, Aug. 29)…


“He may be a little anxious at the beginning, but I think the kid will do fine,” the scout told Rubin.

Similarly, ESPN.com’s Keith Law recently said in an online chat (ESPN, Aug. 22) that Hererra is capable of becoming an above-average, every-day, big-league second baseman, “and maybe more.”

“If he ended up on a few All-Star teams, I wouldn’t be shocked,” Law added.


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Hererra was ranked by MLB.com as the organization’s sixth-best position prospect earlier this summer.

“Hererra already has shown he has a good understanding of what to do at the plate,” MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo said in his report. “He is at his best when he’s hitting line drives to all fields. He has a solid arm and shows good infield actions. He is still improving as a second baseman, but he looks like he’ll be an everyday big leaguer in time.”

Double-A manager Pedro Lopez added that Herrera brings a lot of energy to his team (Press & Sun-Bulletin).

“He’s a player that moves this team,” said Lopez. “I think everybody feeds from that.”


Hererra needed to be added to the 40-man roster before December to avoid being selected by another team in this winter’s Rule 5 draft (ESPN, Aug. 29).




162 comments
jenkins
jenkins

Why isn't he leading off now? 

David Lund
David Lund

I look forward to some "lightning in a bottle"!

David Lund
David Lund

It takes loyalty, real dedication, and a thick skin to be a Mets fan. I was six years old in 1962, living in Brooklyn, only five years after the Dodgers left town. My Dad was a Dodger fan, and he was happy when the Mets came into existence. He died a Mets fan, after the end of the 2006 season. Being Mets fans together was something that kept us close over the years. They could finish in last place every year, and I will always look forward to next season with the Mets.

L.a. Henry
L.a. Henry

A great trade!!! Black and Herrera  was  a great return. Let's see what the future holds!!!!!!!!!


Frank DeFonte
Frank DeFonte

Saw him play in Trenton. This kid can hit. But he's only 20. Give him time. We can't erase 30 years of futility overnight.

Christian Fowler
Christian Fowler

we need pitching, we always needed pitching. who do we have? a bull pen that can't even save games when we have a lead, they always blow it. our hitting is fine, we bring the walls in, and we're good.

Tommy Lehnert
Tommy Lehnert

It's Colombia not Columbia. Who the hell writes this stiff and doesn't know how to spell Colombia right. Wish him the best of luck

Rob DeGeronimo
Rob DeGeronimo

Keith knows good players and the fact that Keith likes his eye at the plate and his swing is real good.

Mike Long Jr.
Mike Long Jr.

Ochoa, Escobar, Garcia (who no one even remembers, but he and Reyes were supposed to be the middle inf for years.), Milledge, FMart, Anderson HernandeZ

Mike Long Jr.
Mike Long Jr.

Another overhyped prospect. Just like Ochoa, Escobar, Danny Garcia, Milledge, Martinez, AHern...

rico
rico

So i guess Wilmer is no longer the knight in shining armor? Fickle fans.

Btw he's from COLOMBIA (not Columbia)

matmil
matmil

Looks like the Philly players are unifying against Sandberg.

fourwedges
fourwedges

Mets need to acquire a SS with a 'D' in his name:

2015 infield:  d'Arnaud, Duda, Dillson (or Daniel), David, and ???

Good job on spelling Colombia

ponzies86
ponzies86

Herrera should help bring more Colombian fan base to Citifield. Not to far from there is Roosevelt and everyone who's been around there knows that's like little Colombia

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

Look at that lineup....without Murph and imagine that lineup next year (because that is probably what it will be)


That team is no better than this team right now.....Nice to see Herrera play but it is another "lets hope he pans out"


For once I would like to trade "hope and if" for "proven and productive"

hankypanky
hankypanky

Nice to see a player from Colombia. Hope he exhibits as much grit as the Colombian soccer team did in the World Cup

Vincent Santiago
Vincent Santiago

If this kid can hit .280 and drive in some runs then I think you've seen the last of Murphy.  

jenkins
jenkins

Mets haven't had a leadoff hitter since Reyes and Dunce Collins bats him 7th.

Rob Martin
Rob Martin

Seriously relax... enjoy him now

matt greco
matt greco

of course he hits 7th.  someone throw a bat at collins, please...for the love of god terry, you don't have to try to bury all the young guys all the time.

mi
mi

what you need to know ....hes cheap and will save the mutts 10 mill next year by letting murphy go

matmil
matmil

How does this scenario sound? Collins took some heat because of the poor play lately, and then complained about not getting any help, so to shut him up SA agreed to send Herrara up.

L.a. Henry
L.a. Henry

We HAVE Pitching!!!!!!!! WE NEED TO SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


hankypanky
hankypanky

Yeah, Jackson Heights broke out in the Colombian colors during the World Cup. Held up traffic on Northern Blvd etc if the kid catches on, they might come.

matmil
matmil

I think they know enough at least to replace Tejada.and Flores Even if it's only with a better glove.

mets74
mets74

@jenkins Well, he is going to be giddy with this being his first day in the Majors, so having him leadoff is not a smart move. Give him a few days to get comfortable and then move him, provided he doesn't look totally overmatched. Just my opinion. Don't get cross with me.

jenkins
jenkins

@matmil I don't think Collins has a say in these kind of moves. I don't even know if it's his idea to bat Herrera 7th instead of leadoff. Whoever made that decision is a moron.

ponzies86
ponzies86

Yup, even tho they are already tons of Colombian Mets fans going to the games. I went to a Mets game a month ago and was surprise to see decent amount of Colombians Mets fans there.

jenkins
jenkins

@mets74 @jenkins Mets don't have a leadoff hitter, and now they get one-you don't want him leading off?

thecasuaLGM
thecasuaLGM

@mets74 @jenkins When I look at tonight's lineup all I see is a manager who views stats, saber metrics, and adaptation as a bunch of new-fangled mumbo jumbo that takes a back seat to a R/L/R/L/R/L lineup obsession. 

matmil
matmil

Sounds like you have completely lost faith in SA

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

@matmil I just dont have it. After his 2014 proclamation of how things would be better. All the interviews that I listened in on when he was speaking. Everything he said was bogus...not to mention so many act like he is such a good GM. He is highly overrated, disrespectful of the fan base and pompous to boot. Never liked him even when he was hired...I just had a bad feeling especially since he was suggested to The Wilpons by Selig. 


Answer this question. Is Sandy the GM if Madoff never gets caught?

matmil
matmil

No, but I think he doesn't want to go down as an incompetent GM. If only for his own pride. And some of the things that are wrong here are so obvious, and don't have to require spending a lot of money that he must do them.

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

@matmil And I think overspending is bad...look at Tanaka of the Yankees for example...first year was an overall waste of money...


The issue is the Wilpons dont have the money and when the opportunities that Sandy has had to spend anything come up? They have been mostly misses....and then he gives the lame excuses....


To me...the huge fix is right in Chicago. Starlin Castro does so many things for this lineup. It allows Wright and Granderson to be shifted down into the back of the lineup (especially if they miraculously get one more power bat. You keep Murphy and bat him 3rd..Imagine Castro and Murphy...hit machines back to back with Duda and potential other RBI bat (hopefully this year is the real Duda).


And Castro fits the outlook of this ownership. Cheap, young and not even in his prime and already a top 10 SS easily maybe top 5

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@BerryBeltran  I agree...they need to add Castro or Baez (or even Russell), take a chance on Yasmani Tomas...now that's a ML lineup...SS and LF are such blakc holes, if we can just upgrade those 2 positions, we're looking at a playoff contesting team in my opinion, thanks to our starters and bullpen....

and, I know im in the  minority here, but ONLY when they have both a SS and LF in tow, they should call the dodgers and see if they wanna do a Grandy and a prospect or 2 for Kemp swap, with us assuming Kemp's entire deal...heck, if Dilson Herrera proves he belongs, i'd offer Murphy in the deal, and to go a step crazier, maybe see if they still have interest in Colon too at that time. That prob wouldn't work because the selling point here is offering the Dodgers a $47 million break on the Kemp deal by taking Grandy for Kemp....

Hear me out---I'd much rather have Kemp than Granderson, and if they were to swap contracts, Kemp would in essence become a 5 year, $60 million contract (Kemp has 5 years and $107 mil left, Grandy has 3 years and $47 mil left. Anyway you look at it, the Mets HAVE TO pay $47 mil, why not add $13 mil to that number and acquire a MUCh better player).... 

I'll take a chance on Kemp's speed, his OBP, his defense, and his bounce back probability for 5 years $60 mil over watching Granderson strike out 200 times and hit .215 for 3 years and $47 million....he can even lead off, with a .347 obp this year, and a .372 avg obp ffrom 2011-2013...imagine this lineup in 2015, i'd flip out  in excitement and buy a season ticket package:

Kemp, Wright, Murphy, Tomas, Duda, Castro/Baez, Darnaud, Lagares is a PLAYOFF lineup, especially when matched with our Pitching...Harvey, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Montero/Colon, with Black, Edgin, Eveland, Parnell, Familia, Mejia, Montero (if we keep Colon) is one sick team I can get behind....just add a nice back up catcher in the off season in case Darnaud gets injured AGAIN, or regresses, and a nice platoon partner with Duda (maybe see if a Kemp deal can expand to add Scott Van Slyke and his 1.025 OPS vs LH pitching), and we're talking playoffs baby!!!


of course, this is obviously fantasy GM'ing, and I want nothing to do with Kemp's contract if we CAN'T swap Granderson's contract and then some for him,,,having Kemp AND Grandy on this team, with Wright's huge deal, would cripple our budget....


Also, this would involve the Mets spending about $20 mil or so in the off season, and the Wilpon's don't have that kind of money

matmil
matmil

I agree another bat would help immensely. And his idea of stacking the lineup with power hitters blew up in his face. So hopefully he has learned something. Now if this kid Herrara has a glove and they get a glove to play short, with Legares in center and MDD in left that's some serious defense. They have to go with concentrating on speed and contact hitting with this pitching they then become at least a .500 team. If Wright can find himself and Duda continues what he has done this year, Tda gets a little better and more power from Lagares they become a decent team if managed correctly.