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Reviewing Dilson Herrera’s First Week in the Majors

September 4th, 2014 at 3:32 PM
By Mike Phillips

New York Mets' second baseman Dilson Herrera's major league debut was highly anticipated. The Mets recalled Herrera after placing second baseman Daniel Murphy on the disabled list August 28th, and he made his major league debut the very next night. Herrera has had a wild week, but he has shown potential to be a big time player in time.

Herrera, who was hitting .340 for the Binghamton Mets, hasn't been a quick study at the major league level. Herrera has only four hits in 22 at bats, but two have been for extra bases. Herrera already has a triple and a homer to his name, showing that he can hit for power. Herrera has a history of starting slow at a higher level of play, but he can turn it around quickly. It is also important to note that Herrera is only 20 years old, the youngest position player to make his debut for the Mets since Jose Reyes back in 2003.

Herrera has had some adventures in the field as well. Herrera has already committed three errors in six games, including two in Monday's loss to the Marlins. Herrera has shown that he suffers through some fielding jitters at times, but he usually straightens it out as he plays more. Herrera is also only six games into his career, an unsually small sample size to report on.

With Murphy's return nowhere in sight, Herrera likely has a few more weeks to show what he can do. Herrera is talented enough to play at the major league level, and he has shown flashes of the ability that got him promoted to the bigs just over a calendar year after he was acquired. Herrera is a big part of the Mets' future, so watching him develop over the next month is key.

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