Mets call up 2B Herrera, youngest player in MLB

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 29, 2014 at 11:12 pm •  Published: August 29, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — A big season in the minors put Dilson Herrera on deck as Daniel Murphy's potential replacement at second base someday.

That day came much sooner than anyone imagined.

After a rapid rise through the New York Mets' system, Herrera arrived at Citi Field on Friday and went 0 for 3 with an error in a 4-1 win over Philadelphia. He was called up Thursday night from Double-A Binghamton when Murphy went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 25, with a strained right calf.

It's a temporary stopgap for now, but the 20-year-old Herrera could be New York's second baseman of the future. Not only did he become the youngest active player on a major league roster, according to STATS, he was the youngest player in the Eastern League this year.

"Beyond the numbers, he's come sort of out of nowhere. He's done everything we could've asked for," general manager Sandy Alderson said.

Herrera was acquired from Pittsburgh with reliever Vic Black in the trade that sent outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck to the Pirates on Aug. 27, 2013. A right-handed hitter with speed and pop, he wasn't even invited to big league camp this spring and had never played with anyone on New York's current 25-man roster, Alderson said.

Generously listed at 5-foot-10, Herrera opened eyes with his offense and skipped over Triple-A in an unprecedented ascent for a Mets position player. He began this season at Class-A St. Lucie before a June 19 promotion to Binghamton, where he batted .340 with 10 homers, 48 RBIs, 17 doubles and 50 runs in 61 games.

"In the transfer report, his manager was effusive about his personality, his energy, his athleticism on the field, leadership by example. Real sparkplug in that sense," said Alderson, who acknowledged he'd seen Herrera play all of three games. "You have to give a lot of credit to what he's done just over the five months of this season. He deserves this opportunity."

Herrera, who homered Thursday night for Binghamton, also had 23 stolen bases and a .379 on-base percentage in his two minor league stops this year. Still, he was stunned to learn he had been called up Thursday night. He said all his gear was already on the Binghamton bus when he got the news.

"I was just in complete shock. I couldn't believe it," Herrera said through a translator. "But I did work really hard to get here, so yeah, I feel prepared and excited."

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