The New York Mets‘ have placed All-Star second basemen Daniel Murphy on the 15-day disabled list and have called up one of their top prospects, second basemen Dilson Herrera from Double-A Binghamton. I was shocked to hear this news; so much for letting guys develop in the minor leagues. Herrera is the prospect the Mets received along with Vic Black in the Marlon Byrd and John Buck trade last August.
Herrera is 20 years old and has only played 60 games on the Double-A level and apparently he showed enough to get a taste on the major league level. Herrera has put up some huge numbers which can’t be ignored. On the season he is batting a combine .319 with 12 home runs, 70 RBIs and has swiped 23 bases over his time in Single and Double-A.
This move really surprises me because it is unlike Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson to bring a guy to the major leagues at such a young age. I mean, when a guy is ready he is ready, but with only playing on the Double-A level, can he really be ready? There is no doubt that he has ripped it up on the minor league level, but the MLB show is a whole new ball game. The speed of the game changes and the pitching is out of this world, but apparently this kid has done enough to make it to the big leagues.
This move tells me a couple of things. The first thing is they want to know what they have in Herrera and if he can contribute on the major league level right now. If he can, they might actually trade Murphy in the offseason in hopes of reeling in a marquee player. Another thing is that this could mark the end of the road for Murphy in New York. This is just pure speculation, but I don’t see why else they are taking a look at this kid now.
The last thing it tells me is that the future is now for the Mets. When Sept. 1 comes around expect another prospect to be getting the call to the show. Top prospect Noah Syndergaard should be the next big name member of the Mets’ farm system to get the call. Calling up Herrera has to mean that they are willing to give their top prospects a chance now, so the next big name up should be Syndergaard.
I am blown away that the Mets have made the move to bring up Herrera. I am very excited to see him play and I expect he will make his major league debut on Friday. We shall see what he is all about, but this proves to be the sign that the future is now for the New York Mets.