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Saturday, August 30, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: DILSON HERRERA 2B NEW YORK METS

With New York Mets All Star second baseman Daniel Murphy hitting the 15-day DL with a calf strain, combined with the fact the team is way out of any type of postseason contention, the promotion of top infield prospect Dilson Herrera on Friday had sort of a "why not?" feel to it.  At a very young 20-yeares-old, Herrera will get a sort of audition for a possible 2015 role despite the fact Murphy is expected back with the team.  In looking at what made Herrera such a top prospect in the first place, as always we begin with his minor league numbers at Double-A.  A .340 batting average instantly jumps out which is impressive no matter the level.  While Herrera's 18.7 percent K rate is a tad high, his over .400 OBP is evidence that the kid knows how to work a count, take walks, and shorten his swing to continually get on the basepaths.  Now as far as the juicy numbers are concerned, Herrera slammed 10 home runs in only 287 at-bats which is a very solid total for someone his age.  When you consider a player doesn't usually hit their power peak until around the age of 27, one can see that Herrera is already on the path to being an above-average hitter at a shallow position.  In addition to the 10 home runs, Herrera has drive in 48 and stolen 9 bags.  Again not numbers that jump off the map but numbers that hint at more to come in the future.  Herrera has the look of a guy who can hit .280-.300 with 15 home runs and 25 stolen bases when he fully matures and that has a fantasy baseball everyday home no matter the setup. 

With regards to the rest of the season, Herrera should be picked up in order to see if he can literally hit the ground running with his tools.  While we don't expect Herrera to be a difference-maker yet, the ability is there for him to help a bit as you look to get every stat you can in order to clinch your league title.  The future is bright.

 

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