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Dilson Jose Herrera Garcia (born March 3, 1994) is a Colombian professional baseball second baseman who is in the New York Mets system. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds.

Dilson Herrera
Dilson Herrera in warmups, March 3, 2019 (cropped).jpg
Herrera with the Mets in 2019
New York Mets
Second baseman
Born: (1994-03-03) March 3, 1994 (age 25)
Cartagena, Colombia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 29, 2014, for the New York Mets
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Batting average.203
Home runs11
Runs batted in28
Teams
Herrera with the Binghamton Mets in 2014
Herrera with the Mets in 2014

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CareerEdit

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

Herrera signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent in 2010.[1] He received a $220,000 signing bonus.[2] He then spent the next three years in the Pirates' farm system, advancing as far as the A-class West Virginia Power. Herrera, along with Gregory Polanco, represented the Pirates at the 2013 All-Star Futures Game.[3]

On August 27, 2013, the Pirates traded Herrera and a player to be named later, Vic Black, to the New York Mets to acquire Marlon Byrd and John Buck.[4][5][6] His first season in the Mets organization was a success as he was promoted to Double A during the season.[7][8]

New York MetsEdit

2014Edit

On August 28, after an injury to All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy, Herrera was called up to the majors.[9] He became the first Met player ever to start the season in single-A and get to the majors by the end of the season. Two days later, he collected his first major league hit off of the Phillies' Jerome Williams. He received his first RBI in the following game against Justin De Fratus.

On September 1, Herrera hit his first Major League home run, off of Miami Marlins pitcher Henderson Álvarez. Herrera finished the season with appearing in 18 games with a batting average of .220 in 59 at-bats in 66 plate appearances while compiling 13 hits, 11 RBIs, 3 home runs, 7 walks, 6 runs scored and striking out 17 times.

2015Edit

On May 1, Herrera was called up to the Mets as left-handed pitcher Jack Leathersich was sent down to the Las Vegas 51s.[10] Herrera was called up to play second base with Daniel Murphy being moved to third base to stand-in for then-injured third basemen David Wright who was on the disabled list with spinal stenosis.[11] Herrera was placed on the DL on May 15 due to a fractured tip of his middle finger.[12] On June 11, he was reactivated off from the DL.[13] On June 30, Herrera was sent down to the 51s to make room for Daniel Murphy who was coming off the DL.[14]

On September 7, he was recalled up due to the expanded rosters in September.[15] Herrera finished the season appearing in 31 games with a batting average of .211 in 90 at-bats in 103 plate appearances while compiling 19 hits, 6 RBIs, 3 home runs, 11 walks, 7 runs scored, 2 stolen bases, and striking out 23 times.

During the season on June 14, Herrera was seen wearing rally cups with the bottom of the cups cut out on his ears during the bottom half of the sixth inning. The Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 10-8 that day with Dilson going 1 for 3 with one hit, one RBI, one run scored and one walk. The one hit being a home run in the bottom of the 4th inning off Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz. It was well received by the members of the Mets and it drew a lot of positive media attention.[16]

Cincinnati RedsEdit

On August 1, 2016, the Mets traded Herrera and Max Wotell to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Jay Bruce.[17] He was outrighted to AAA on March 13, 2018. On July 5, 2018, the Reds selected Herrera's contract from the Louisville Bats. He elected free agency on November 3, 2018.[18]

Return to the MetsEdit

On November 29, 2018, the Mets signed Herrera to a minor league contract, with an invite to Spring Training. On July 3, 2019, he opted out of his deal with the Mets and was released, making him a free agent.[19] On July 5, 2019, he opted back into his minor league deal with the Mets, after having received offers from other minor league teams.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dilson Herrera firmó con Piratas | EL UNIVERSAL – Cartagena". El Universal. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Gregory Polanco, Dilson Herrera signify Pirates' Latin American focus | pirates.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. July 14, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  3. ^ "Gregory Polanco, Dilson Herrera on World roster for Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game | pirates.com: News". Pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com. June 27, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  4. ^ Axisa, Mike. "Pirates acquire John Buck and Marlon Byrd from Mets". CBSSports.com. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "Mets get prospect Black to complete Bucs trade | mets.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. August 29, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Cody Derespina (August 29, 2013). "Vic Black to go to Mets in Marlon Byrd deal". Newsday.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  7. ^ DeMarzo, John (August 1, 2014). "Is Dilson Herrera the Mets second baseman of the future?". New York Post.
  8. ^ Michael Avallone (August 22, 2014). "Mets prospect Dilson Herrera has New York in his sights". Amazin' Avenue. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  9. ^ Vorkunov, Mike (August 28, 2014). "Mets bring up 20-year-old prospect Dilson Herrera after putting Daniel Murphy on DL". NJ.com. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Leathersich sent back to Las Vegas". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  11. ^ "Alderson is Patient with Wilmer, TC says Murphy to 3B until Wright returns". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  12. ^ "Herrera placed on DL, Campbell recalled from Triple-A". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  13. ^ "Herrera activated, Tejada to paternity list". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  14. ^ "Murphy activated from DL, Herrera sent to Triple-A". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  15. ^ "Mets recall Verrett, Monell and Herrera". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  16. ^ "Dilson Herrera taking over 2B with cups on his ears". SNY. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  17. ^ Simon, Eric. "Mets acquire Jay Bruce from Reds for Dilson Herrera and Max Wotell". SNY. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  18. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  19. ^ Ryder, Tim. "Dilson Herrera Opts Out of Deal With Mets | Metsmerized Online". Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  20. ^ Curtis, Mike (July 6, 2019). "Syracuse Mets all-star Dilson Herrera opts back in to contract". syracuse.com. Retrieved July 7, 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Bryce Harper
Youngest Player in the National League
2014
Succeeded by
Miguel Castro