Monday, August 12, 2013

Prospects Plus: Pirates Dilson Herrera

Name: Dilson Herrera 
Position: Shortstop/second baseman
Team: West Virginia Power
Prospect Status: 20th ranked player in the Pittsburgh Pirates system 
Friday vs. Atlanta Braves: 3 for 4, with a double and a run scored. 

Positive: Most of Herrera value will come with the bat, which has been the story so far. He hits to all fields, and while he wasn’t projected as a guy who could hit for power, his bat speed has produced some impressive power so far in his young career.  According to Baseball America, Herrera has plus speed which makes a base stealing threat. 

During the game on Friday night, Herrera showed some good bat speed pulling the ball to left field on his first two at bats. I think that he is underrated by many scouting reports that I have seen. He could be a solid middle infielder for the next decade if he continues to develop. I've seen him twice this year and each time he has been one of the more impressive members of the prospect loaded Power. 

Negatives: Doesn't have a classic arm, which may force him to move to full to second base full time. He made a couple of really good defensive play but also showed some inconsistency.

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