Mets News:The Mets 20-year-old second base prospect Dilson Herrera has been promoted directly from Double-A Binghamton, where he was hitting .340 with 10 homers, 48 RBIs and nine steals in 241 at-bats.
The promotion coincides with Daniel Murphy landing on the disabled list with strained right calf.
The reason Herrera was selected undoubtedly is it allows the Mets to determine if they have a viable alternative that would allow them to consider trading Murphy this winter. Murphy is making $5.7 million this season, is eligible for arbitration one more time, then can become a free agent after the 2015 season.
Herrera is a native of Colombia, a country that obviously does not produce the same volume of talent as, say, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Of the 224 foreign-born players on MLB rosters on Opening Day, four hailed from Herrera’s native country: then Angel and now Pirate Ernesto Frieri, the White Sox’s Jose Quintana, Marlins’ Donovan Solano and Braves’ Julio Teheran.
The Pirates used Herrera exclusively at third base in the Venezuelan Summer League back in 2011, after he first signed. Pittsburgh then only used him at second base for the next two and a half seasons, until last summer’s trade. Herrera continued to exclusively play second base after joining Savannah late last season. He helped the Gnats win the 2013 South Atlantic League championship while manning that position.
This season, he is receiving his first professional exposure to shortstop. With St. Lucie, he appeared in 43 games at second base and 19 games at shortstop during the first half. With Binghamton, he played shortstop early on, while Wilfredo Tovar was still returning from a hand injury. More recently, Herrera exclusively has played second base.
The Mets put Vic Black on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck, and activated Daisuke Matsuzaka from the DL to take Black's place in the bullpen.