The Mets announced after Thursday’s game that Daniel Murphy was heading to the 15-day disabled list due to a calf issue. That news was overshadowed by the fact that 20-year-old second base prospect Dilson Herrera will be promoted from Double-A Binghamton to replace Murphy on the roster.
Herrera opened the season with High-A St. Lucie and was tearing up Binghamton since his promotion.
Entering Thursday’s game, Herrera was slashing .333/.401/.544 in 274 plate appearances spanning 60 games in Double-A. He had nine home runs, 17 doubles, three triples, 47 RBI, and 48 runs scored for Binghamton.
With Murphy out, it’s expected that Herrera will take over as the starting second baseman.
Dilson Herrera being promoted from Double-A to the majors was a development that caught everyone from the writers to the fans off guard.
Being aggressive with their prospects isn’t the Mets’ modus operandi, making the promotion of a 20-year-old from Double-A quite the shock.
Recently, Keith Law of ESPN said that Herrera profiles as someone who will be an above average second baseman and has the chance to be All-Star caliber.
While Herrera will likely struggle in his first taste of the majors, there are a few reasons why it makes sense to get a look at him now.
The first, is that with Daniel Murphy due for an arbitration raise and set to become a free agent after the 2015 season, the Mets are strongly considering trading him and handing the job to Herrera. While that may not happen for good until the middle of 2015, getting a gauge on Herrera now should help the decision along.
Another reason, is that Herrera needed to be added to the 40-man roster anyway in order to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.
The third, is the fact that the Mets needed to change the conversation.
With the club now 62-72 and likely headed towards a fifth straight losing season, Herrera will serve as a happy distraction during another lost September.