With Daniel Murphy’s probable departure after the season, the Mets need to find a new permanent second baseman. On Wednesday night, the Mets may have found the man they were so desperately searching for.
Top prospect Dilson Herrera made a splash against the Baltimore Orioles, going 3-3 with three RBIs in the Mets 5-1 victory. Before Wednesday night, he was 1-13 since his promotion from Triple-A. He swung too hard at some pitches while chasing others out of the strike zone. Herrera seemed eager at the plate, a sign of immaturity.
“I’m sure it was frustrating for him the first few games up here,” said Mets catcher and Herrera’s former minor league teammate Kevin Plawecki. “It was great to see him have a breakout game today.”
Before being called-up, Herrera was tearing apart Triple-A. His batting average sat at .370 while his OBP was .402. In fact, he had 30 hits in only 20 games.
This success translated into Wednesday night’s matchup. Herrera had his first hit of the game in the second. He then hit a single to center in the bottom of the fourth before swatting a two-run blast to left field off Orioles pitcher Brad Barch in the sixth. Also, the 21-year-old Colombian has provided the Mets with fantastic defense at second, something the team has lacked for the past few years.
"I think the more Dilson gets into the batter's box, the more he's going to figure it out himself,” said Mets manager Terry Collins. "His swing is good enough. He doesn't have to do more. He doesn't have to swing harder. Just put good swings on it and put the barrel on the ball. We saw he's got the power to do big damage.”
It’s exciting to see what’s to come from Herrera. We’ll see Friday night when the Mets take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.