Short but well-built, muscular; not thick, but chiseled for his size. Quick twitch athlete, plus athleticism.
4/5/14, 4/9/14, 4/24/14
St. Lucie Mets (High A, Mets)
Plus bat speed allows him to make up for some fundamental mistakes. Noticeable bat wrap around head causes loop in swing path to the ball and a longer swing than a player of his size should have. Wants to get swing started early but doesn't have to; bat speed would allow him to wait back. Will expand the strike zone for breaking stuff. Natural bat-to-ball skills are there to go with bat speed but needs to refine mechanics of swing and bat path.
Good pop for a shorter player; a product of plus bat speed and strong, compact body. Wants to get hands extended to drive the ball. Should hit for gap power but sometimes sells out for fly ball power. Could hit 10-12 home runs in a season.
Quick first step, above-average speed underway. Will bunt for hit and steal a base but not game-changing speed.
Plus range at second base due to quick first step and athleticism. Much more fluid on balls side to side than routine ground balls. Sits back on heels and his athleticism/hand-eye coordination help bail out average hands. Comfortable on pivot at 2nd for double plays. Would be out of position at short stop.
Plenty of arm to make all of the throws at second base, but not enough at short; not enough carry to make throw to 1st from 5/6 hole. Quick release helps on balls up the middle at 2B and on DP turns.
Despite plus athleticism, Herrera doesn't have any standout baseball tools. His best asset is his plus bat speed but he's still figuring out how to use it. If he refines his approach, he could be an above-average hitter at second base with moderate power for the position and some value on the bases. Most likely, however, is a utility role at second base and possibly in the outfield, where his athleticism would translate well.