With the uncertainty surrounding Daniel Murphy this offseason, it appeared Dilson Herrera would receive a legitimate opportunity to compete for a roster spot with the New York Mets. Though, with Murphy now re-signed at least for this season, Herrera will likely have to wait one more season for his impact to be felt in Queens. His success in the minors, however, could prove otherwise and may lend to a September call-up.
Herrera has hit .323 in 128 minor league games. On top of this, he has shown decent power, and displayed the ability to drive in runs. He has 70 RBI and 13 home runs during his minor league career. Though, his transition to the pros has not been seamless. In eighteen games, and 58 at bats, he batted .220 with 3 home runs and 11 RBI’s.
Throughout his minor league career, and in glimpses at the Major League level, he has shown the ability to make solid contact with a smooth, compact swing. His fielding is smooth, and has showcased the ability to be a solid defender with impressive range.
The knock on Daniel Murphy is his inability to field, and his lack of range, but with Herrera, it seems this area is not in question. If the Mets could combine the skill-sets of both players, they would have a perennial All-Star selection, but for right now, the Mets are valuing the offensive Murphy over the defensive Herrera. As the season progresses however, don’t be surprised if Herrera is visible in Queens, and if Murphy’s defensive liabilities outweigh his offensive production, 2nd base in Queens may have a new face next to it.