Herrera is a 21 year old, 6 foot 3, 190 pound Dominican, currently playing for the high-A Modesto Nuts. Herrera plays on the left side of the infield, but has played suspect defense at best. With over 100 errors in his four and a half year professional career resulting in a .927 fielding percentage, a move to second is his most likely in his future. With Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado patrolling the left side in the Majors, second base may also be his most likely path to the Bigs.
The best part of Herrera's game is at the plate. Playing with the Asheville tourists last year, he posted a slash line of .343/.419/.515, 33 2B, 16 HR, 76 RBI and added 21 stolen bases on his way to claiming the South Atlantic League MVP award. But Asheville is known as a hitter's haven, and his numbers have cooled this year in Modesto. His shrunken stats this year are .266/.322/.359, 9 2B, 3 HR, 19 RBI and 7 stolen bases.
Despite those paltry numbers, Herrera will get to the Majors on the strength of his bat. He's a switch-hitter with an improved swing that he should be able to fine tune with added experience and simpler mechanics. His frame could further fill out to boost his power numbers, and the .515 slugging percentage he posted last year shows he has naturally powerful lumber.
As of his current build, Herrera is an average to good athlete that can only get better. That would further point to him moving to second base instead of staying at the more physically demanding position of shortstop. His instincts are what nets him stolen bases rather than pure speed, not to say he's slow.
Ranked as the 86th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America and the 81st by MLB.com, his future should be bright. And come Sunday and the Future's Game, we'll all get a closer look at Rosell Herrera.
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