The names mentioned who the Mets can get are Xander Bogaerts from Boston and Starlin Castro from the Cubs via trade, and Stephen Drew, Alexei Ramirez, Jed Lowrie, and Brad Miller via free agency. Now although they are positive names and a definite upgrade to the position, I wouldn’t go hedging my bets on any of these guys. Hell, I wouldn’t even put money on Wilmer Flores being the Opening Day shortstop for the Metropolitans. I put my cash on the dark horse on the one man who no one will expect to start. That man, you ask? DILSON HERRERA.
If you guys read the debut installment of #AMG, I truly felt that Dilson would be. A flashback to #1, if you please…
Dilson Herrera will be the starting shortstop for the New York Mets in 2015. He’s too promising NOT to be on the club to start the year. Plus, since his natural position is shortstop, I seriously hope Herrera shows the glimmer of greatness he displayed in September of 2014 without the errors. His bat is great for 20 years old. - Jon Harder, 11/20/14
I was at quite a few games in late August and early September watching Herrera get the bat and show what he has at the Major League level. For Christ sake, I was there for his first Major League hit!
However, in the 18 games he did play last year, the Mets lineup had a certain swagger to them when he was in the lineup. His youth and enthusiasm shined through. Herrera had the common ground of hustle and grit on this level. There are certain intangibles that stats can not show. Herrera had pride to be a Met.
I was reading an article on Mets Merized Online by David Conde on Herrera getting called up and a quote really rung true with me. Conde stated, “But from what I have witnessed from spending time with him and just chatting about baseball and life, was that he has a confidence that I have never seen before in a player so young and he knows in his mind that he belongs in the majors.” I 100% agree. If another young man had 2 errors in one game like Herrera did against the Marlins in early September, he might have folded. Yet somehow, Herrera kept up the positive outlook and continued forward. Hell, right before he pulled his quad on September 20, he hit a beautiful 2-run shot against the Braves, which helped put them ahead.
Lastly, although Herrera played 2nd base the entire time he was up here, let’s be fair: he’s a natural shortstop. When he was traded here from Pittsburgh in 2013, his listing was shortstop. Daniel Murphy is (and hopefully, long term) our second baseman. With the shortstop position wide open and no real contender available to take that slot, Dilson should be the odds-on favorite for that position. From that point, it's his position to lose. There’s no doubt in my mind the kid’s bat is ready for MLB levels, so why not give him the shot to play shortstop at this level? What’s the worst that can happen?