Dilson Herrera was brought to the Mets when John Buck and Marlon Byrd were sent to the Pirates. In the trade the Mets also received pitcher Vic Black, who should be competing for the Mets closer role for 2014.
Herrera, who is listed at 5’10”, has been playing very well in his native country of Colombia for the Sincelejo Bulls. The second baseman through 25 games is 26 for 90, batting .289, with eight doubles, triple, home run, 17 RBI, 12 walks, and a .422 SLUG.
Prior to coming to the Mets this past summer, he played in three seasons in the Pirates farm system and in 234 games, he batted .281, 159 runs, 58 doubles, 13 triples, 21 home runs, 112 RBI, 39 SB and 88 walks. After the trade he was sent to Savannah and played in seven regular season games and batted .316 and also helped the Sand Gnats to win the 2013 South Atlantic League Championship.
I also watched him at the Mets Instructional League as he showed a lot of pop as the ball just flew off his bat as he sprayed the ball around all parts of the field. I really liked what I saw, and excited to have Herrera in the Mets organization. Can’t wait until spring training rolls around and the season to watch him continue in his development which should lead him straight to the majors in a few seasons. A great young talent playing a prime position.
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