Height/Weight: 5’10”/150 lbs
Acquired: Trade with Pittsburgh 8/27/13 with Vic Black for John Buck and Marlon Byrd
Born: 3/3/94 (Cartagena, CO)
2013 Rank: NR | StatsWhy Ranked Here: Playing as one of the 12 youngest hitters in the SAL, Herrera acquitted himself nicely, more than holding his own against older pitchers. He projects as an above average second baseman who adds value with power, OBP and a few stolen bases. He hops in front of Kevin Plawecki in part because he played in the SAL as a 19-year-old, while Plawecki was 22.
He showed batspeed, enough strength in his swing and pop. Herrera’s 11 homeruns were second among all Mets 2B, behind only Wilmer Flores, who played his home games in Las Vegas. Also, for what it’s worth, in his age-19 season in Florida State League, Flores hit nine homers. Herrera paired that damage on contact with an impressive feel for the strike zone for a player so young as he drew a walk in 8% of his 2013 SAL regular season plate appearances.
Herrera is a slightly above average runner, going 14-for-20 stealing bases, but he needs to learn the nuances of running and how to pick his spots. (A note here: Herrera played all but six of his home games in West Virginia, a fair park, but 3% friendlier to hitters than the SAL average.)
I did not see the arm to think that Herrera could play shortstop everyday in the big leagues, confining him to second base as his longterm position. However, I heard some suggestions that the Mets were going to play Herrera at shortstop some in advanced-A. Given that most of the guys playing short in a-ball are not doing so at a Major League level, there’s little downside to this idea especially if the payoff that Herrera develops the valuable skill to versatile enough to slide over to short as a backup.
I thought Herrera was a little jumpy in the final week of the regular season and then the playoffs with the Gnats. He chased pitches and “got himself out” in the language of a hitting coach.
2013: Herrera became the youngest player ever in the Sirius/XM All-Start Futures Game showcase. While his batting average bounced around every month, like you know, every player, Herrera’s power output was consistent, as he popped two or more homers every month from May-August and had between six and 10 extra-base hits every month. Lets say in the big leagues, that’s eight extra-base hits a month for 48 for the year. That’s say, 15 homers, 5 triples and 28 doubles. From a second baseman, that’s outstanding production.
Also, while West Virginia favors hitters slightly, it doesn’t matter to Herrera who hit .221/.301/.323 in 60 games at home and .311/.367/.507 with eight of his 11 homers in 56 games on the road.
Dr. Pangloss Says: There are not a whole lot of Mets position player prospects with a chance to be above average regulars. Herrera is one of them.
Debbie Downer Says: True second basemen who do not hit enough to play everyday and cannot at least fake it at short don’t make big league rosters. Herrera either has to prove he can handle short at a backstop level or hit enough to play everyday. Projected 2014 Start: Advanced-A St. Lucie
MLB Arrival: September 2016
Recent Stats[sny-table rowheader=true columnheader=true]
[sny-table rowheader=true columnheader=true]