Posted by Mack Ade at 12:00 PM
My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
#1 – 2B – Dilson Herrera – 20-years old – 5-10, 150 – R/R
Cartagena, Columbia – International free agent signee by Pittsburgh
2011 – VSL-Pit – 214-AB, .308/.413/.472/885, 2-HR, 27-RBI
2012 – GCL/Pit – SC-A – 227-AB, .286/.341/.489/830, 8-HR, 29-RBI
2013 – WV – Sav – 442-AB, .267/.334/.416/750, 11-HR, 60-RBI
2014 – St.L – B-Mets - 524-AB, .323/.379/.479/858, 13-HR, 71-RBI
2014 – Mets - 59-AB, .220/.303/.407/710, 3-HR, 11-RBI
Herrera signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010 and received a $220K signing bonus. The played three years in the Pirates chain and represented the team in the 2013 All-Star Future’s Game.
In August 2013, Sandy Alderson pulled off a superb trade. He sent two players mid-season to the Pirates, OF Marlon Byrd and C John Buck, who had no future as a New York Met. In return, the Mets got RP Vic Black and Herrera (as it turned out, both Byrd and Buck didn’t stay with the Pirates either).
No one expected the kind of numbers Herrera punched out in 2014 (524-AB, .323/.379/.479/858, 13-HR, 71-RBI). But the good news for Herrera wasn’t over yet for the year.
2B Daniel Murphy went down with an injury (calf strain) and the first choice to stand in for him, Matt Reynolds, wasn’t on the 40-man roster. So the call went out and Herrera managed to get 59 major league at bats under his belt.
His three home runs and 11 runs batted in for the Mets raised his season total to 16-HRs and 82-RBIs. For a 20-year old second baseman.
Dilson Herrera will be your next Mets second baseman.
Every scouting report you read boasts of his gap-to-gap hitting and, yes, he will make a name for himself first with a bat in his hand, not a glove.
That’s being said, he’s not a bad fielder and good enough at second baseman. He would be considered slow at short, but, who cares. He doesn’t play short.
The important thing to see is the growth in his power. Go back and look at the home runs he has generates so far in his four year professional career: 2011: 2 home runs… 2012: 8 home runs… 2013: 11 home runs… 2014: 16 home runs.
We’re going to have to wait one more year for Herrera to start in Queens, but this is my first (and probably only) prediction during this process.
This is your next break out star and he will be for many years.