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Dilson Herrera: Mets Season in Review

By Danny Abriano

We continue our 2014 Mets Season in Review series with second baseman Dilson Herrera.

The 20-year-old Herrera was surprisingly jumped from Double-A to the majors in late-August, after Daniel Murphy went down with an injury. While Herrera’s time with the Mets in 2014 was limited, he was incredibly impressive when you consider his age and the jump in levels.

How he fared in 2014:

The majority of Herrera’s year was spent in Double-A Binghamton, where he crushed the ball to the tune of .340/.406/.560 with 10 home runs, 48 RBI and 50 runs scored.

Herrera’s rapid rise wasn’t done with mirrors. According to Keith Law of ESPN, Herrera should settle in as an above average starting second baseman in the majors – and one who has the potential to be All-Star caliber.

During his very brief (18-game) stint in Flushing, Herrera showed why.

While he hit only .220 with a .303 OBP in 66 plate appearances with the Mets, Herrera hit three homers and drove in 11 runs while slugging .407. Again, not impressive numbers on their face. For a 20-year-old jumping to the majors from Double-A? It was impressive.

Herrera’s season was cut short in late-September due to a strained quad.

Areas to improve upon:

It’s hard to nitpick with a 20-year old who jumped from Double-A to the majors and played in only a handful of games. If there’s one thing for Herrera to work on, perhaps it’s his running game in the bigs. Herrera stole 23 bases in the minors in 2014 but didn’t have a steal after being promoted to the Mets.

Projected Role in 2015:

Herrera’s role in 2015 depends on what the Mets do with Daniel Murphy.

If the arbitration-eligible Murphy is traded, there’s a strong chance the second base job will go to Herrera. If Murphy remains with the club, Herrera will almost certainly start with Triple-A Las Vegas. While Herrera has played shortstop in the past, the Mets are not expected to try him out there in the majors.

Contract Status and Trade Rumors:

If he’s with the big league club, Herrera will make the major league minimum.

There haven’t been any trade rumors regarding Herrera, but he’s an interesting piece for the Mets to use via trade if they so choose. If the club holds on to Daniel Murphy and/or decides to use Wilmer Flores at second base, it might make sense for the Mets to use Herrera as part of a deal for a big bat at either shortstop or one of the corner outfield spots.