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A Dark Horse Candidate - Dilson Herrera

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I think Herrera is the starting 2B for the Tides to begin the season but he could play a key role for the O's during the season is things fall right for him.   He  will be 26 this season with a year of major league service time under his belt.   He has more power than Alberto and maybe more range at 2B.    Alberto has to prove that he can hit righties this season.  If he does he is an everyday player.  If he doesn't he may platoon with Ruiz at 3B.  I will be interested to see if Herrera can backup SS.

I think Elias made a good signing with Herrera.  He had 24 homers in the International league last season in 407 at bats.

Here is a short scouting report on  Herrera:

Makes a ton of solid contact and can spray the ball to all fields when on top of his game. Has a strong throwing arm and a solid glove, overall. Runs well and can steal bases.

 

 

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We need a microscope to tell the difference between Herrera and the other replacement level guys (literally) that we have picked up. I don't see any reason to get excited about any one in particular. In the roster thread I went with Urias but could easily be Herrera or Irena if he passes through. 

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1 hour ago, Aristotelian said:

We need a microscope to tell the difference between Herrera and the other replacement level guys (literally) that we have picked up. I don't see any reason to get excited about any one in particular. In the roster thread I went with Urias but could easily be Herrera or Irena if he passes through. 

Most of the infielders that Elias has brought in this off season seem to be defensive specialist with little offensive ability.   Herrera might be different.  Urias shows some decent numbers but they are in the PCL which does not make them as impressive.   Valaika also has good numbers but in the PCL and  he is 27 years old.

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I agree that Herrera has the most offensive upside of the group. I always thought they signed him to compete at 3B, but it sounds like maybe he's more of a 2B. Either way, there are some questions about both Alberto and Ruiz, so he helps protect those areas a bit. 

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Herrera has been worth exactly 0.0 in parts of three seasons with the Mets and Reds, good for a .687 OPS, not hitting particularly well against righties or lefties.  Small sample size, of course.  

I agree that part of 2B is up for grabs, unless Hanser proves that he can hit righties...if he gets that chance.  I think Herrera could be a dark horse utility infielder type (assuming his fielding is good).  But someone who had some pop in AAA at age 25 probably shouldn't be looked at as answer...although we are only talking about a dark horse here.

I'd say that there's a good chance we see him in Baltimore a little bit this year.  

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Herrera definitely looks like he’s got a bit of pop in his bat — .193 ISO in 266 PA in the majors, .176 in the minors.   He’s got a fair bit of swing and miss, though, 29.7% in the majors and 20.2% in the minors.    I agree he could be an interesting one to watch.   

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By the way, I don't think Ruiz should be considered safe either. He was last year's Herrera/Valaika/Urena/Urias and did just enough to earn a job but not more. Even got sent down at one point. Not only do we have a bunch of replacement level options to try, Bannon could make a case.

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6 hours ago, wildcard said:

I think Herrera is the starting 2B for the Tides to begin the season but he could play a key role for the O's during the season is things fall right for him.   He  will be 26 this season with a year of major league service time under his belt.   He has more power than Alberto and maybe more range at 2B.    Alberto has to prove that he can hit righties this season.  If he does he is an everyday player.  If he doesn't he may platoon with Ruiz at 3B.  I will be interested to see if Herrera can backup SS.

I think Elias made a good signing with Herrera.  He had 24 homers in the International league last season in 407 at bats.

Here is a short scouting report on  Herrera:

Makes a ton of solid contact and can spray the ball to all fields when on top of his game. Has a strong throwing arm and a solid glove, overall. Runs well and can steal bases.

 

 

Didn't Alberto win a AAA Gold Glove at SS?  He's barely playable at SS.  Who knows if Herrera can even play 2B.  He might only be a 3B.  

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When everybody you are considering is replacement level player, it seems to me you should go with the guy who is the youngest, the biggest, and the best defender. None of these guys can be expected to hit appreciably different from each other, but you can’t train youth or size.thats why even though he was DFA-Ed, I still vote for Urena, who also switch hits. Velasquez May have a shot though because He’s very versatile.

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4 hours ago, sportsfan8703 said:

Didn't Alberto win a AAA Gold Glove at SS?  He's barely playable at SS.  Who knows if Herrera can even play 2B.  He might only be a 3B.  

Alberto had shoulder surgery in 2017. He doesn't have a SS arm any more.     Herrera has played 5496 innings at 2B.  882 innings at 3B.

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I like Richie Martin's improvement over the course of last season, and I'd like to see him start at second base.  Alberto can platoon with Ruiz at third.  Realistically, this year's infield will probably be pretty fluid, with lots of moving parts.

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I do think we are writing off Martin a little too quickly. Pretty interested to see what he looks like this spring. End of the day, though, that option could scuttle his chances. 

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2 hours ago, dutchman said:

I like Richie Martin's improvement over the course of last season, and I'd like to see him start at second base.  Alberto can platoon with Ruiz at third.  Realistically, this year's infield will probably be pretty fluid, with lots of moving parts.

Martin looks better in lots of ways. Confident and part of the team now compared to last year.  My move is to have him prepped to get 450 AAA plate appearances and play every single night.  If he excels as an everyday player, man does that rule 5 pick look all the better. He’s not outgloving Iglesias anytime soon but I like to watch him learn from a seasoned pro.  It could aid his developmental path in many ways.  

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