Promoted to the AA Binghamton Mets last week, middle infield prospect Dilson Herrera has quickly moved up the Mets minor league ranks since coming to the organization less than a year ago. Acquired by the Mets in the trade that sent Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh in August of 2013, Herrera has quickly moved up the ranks of the Mets farm system and made the jump to the B-Mets from the Single-A Port St. Lucie Mets as part of a big callup that also included prospects Steven Matz and Brandon Nimmo.
Herrera joined to the Single-A Savannah Sand Gnats following the trade and performed well over the season's last seven games, batting .316 (6-for-19) with four RBI and three stolen bases. The now-20 year old was assigned to the high Single-A St. Lucie Mets to start this season and continued to produce, batting .307 with 16 doubles, two triples and three homers, while driving home 23 and scoring 48 runs through 67 games. He also was 14-for-17 in stolen base attempts. Since his promotion to Binghamton, Herrera is hitting .364 (8-for-22) with two doubles and three RBI through his first six games.
With the ability to play shortstop and second base, Herrera finds himself at the top of the Mets prospect list for middle infielders. MLB.com only has 18-year old shortstop Amed Rosario, who is currently with Short-A Brooklyn, ranked higher. With shortstop a dire need for the big club Herrera could factor in there, or at his natural second base position should the club look to deal Daniel Murphy. While he's still at least a year or two away from being big league ready, Herrera could definitely be a prospect to watch should he continue to produce his current clip.Tags: Amed Rosario, Baseball, Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo, Dilson Herrera, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Port St. Lucie Mets, Savannah Sand Gnats, Steven Matz