Now amongst the the New York Mets top prospects, Dilson Herrera was acquired on August 27, 2013 in a trade that sent John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ranked amongst the top-ten second base prospects in baseball prior to the season by MLB.com, the 19-year old figures to be ranked amongst the Mets top ten prospects heading into 2014. Jonathan Mayo has this to say to MLB Network following the trade:
“They’re getting a pretty good middle infield prospect; he’s shown an ability to hit for average. He’s got a little pop. He runs pretty well. He should be able to stay at second base and provide some pretty good offense both with his legs and bat.”
Mets GM Sandy Alderson was confident in his statements made after the trade that obtaining Herrera was a better return than anything the Mets were offered prior to the July 2013 trading deadline. Herrera only played seven games for Savannah (A) after coming over from Pittsburgh but didn't miss a beat, Picking up six hits in 19 at-bats, with three walks, four RBI and three stolen bases. Overall, he finished with a .267 batting average, 27 doubles, 3 triples, 11 homers and 60 RBI along with 40 walks, for an OBP of .334. On September 24, Herrera reported to Port St. Lucie with 48 other Mets prospects for instructional league training. The camp runs through October 4.
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