Several reports indicated that the Mets were working on a deal after Byrd had been claimed off waivers, and with Robert Carson, Anthony Recker and Matt den Dekker heading to the team, these are some of the Mets’ corresponding moves, with one more roster spot to cover.
The Mets have yet to announce the deal.
The move makes all the sense in the world, especially for the Pirates. Maybe the Mets would have held onto both players had David Wright not gotten injured, but now, they are all in with a very young lineup the rest of the way, though Wright should return at some point before the season is over.
Though listed as a SS, Herrera has played primarily 2B this year, including at the Futures Game this July in Citi Field. Jonathan Mayo had him ranked as Pittsburgh’s 11th best prospect, and prospect guru Keith Law loved the deal for the Mets. Here’s a blurb on Herrera from Mayo:
Some international prospects come to the United States and are, at least initially, overwhelmed. Not so for Herrera, who made his U.S. debut in 2012 and was among the Gulf Coast League leaders in a host of offensive categories. While he’s not the biggest guy in the world, he’s shown he can really hit and projects to be an above-average hitter in the future, with more power than you’d expect from a guy his size. A well-above-average runner, the Colombian infielder should be able steal bases consistently, and that speed should also help him with his range as he continues to get used to playing second base, having shifted from playing third in the Dominican Summer League in 2011 after signing.
Herrera is 19 years old, and will most likely finish the season with the Mets’ minor league affiliate in Savannah (he had been playing for the Pirates’ Low-A team).
Here’s a scouting video of Herrera:
Here are some reaction tweets from those in the know:
Dilson Herrera has a right side profile on defense, but a promising bat with good pop. Projects as ML regular down the line if it clicks.
— Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks) August 27, 2013
It should be noted that Herrera is pretty much a second baseman now, not a shortstop.
— Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayoB3) August 27, 2013
This is more than org filler. Dilson Herrera also played at the Futures Game at Citi Field this year
— St Lucie To Flushing (@PSLToFlushing) August 27, 2013
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