The spring did not go as planned for Dilson Herrera. The infielder who came over to the Cincinnati Reds in the Jay Bruce trade, was coming off of shoulder surgery. That surgery ended his 2017 season in July. While he was ready to hit to begin the spring, he was still working his way back on the defensive side of things. Herrera was in big league camp as a member of the 40-man roster. But he had a small setback in early March that kept him out of games for about a week. The Reds chose to then designated him for assignment in mid-March. He would eventually clear waivers and be outrighted to the minors.

I wrote at the time that this could be a blessing in disguise for Dilson Herrera. While the move has certainly cost him money since the season began, the opportunity to play every day in the minors could be more beneficial for him in his career than riding the bench in Cincinnati would have been. Time will ultimately tell on that one. For now, though, it seems that Herrera wouldn’t have seen much playing time in the Major Leagues. He’s been rather limited to second base defensively for his career, and Scooter Gennett has been outstanding once again this season for the Reds. Opportunity, however, has been there in the minors.

When the 2018 season began, Dilson Herrera was sent to Daytona. While he was certainly older than most of the players in the league, the assignment allowed him to play every day. At Double-A Shed Long was, and still is playing everyday at second base. In Triple-A Nick Senzel was locking down the position. Everyone was getting playing time, and for the time being, that’s far more important than who is playing at what level.

Dilson Herrera got out to a slow start with Daytona. He hit  just .091 in the first week of the season, going 2-22. Since then he’s been hitting very well. He would spend all of April with the Tortugas, and the first day of May. But he joined Louisville on the 3rd. That was the same day that Nick Senzel last played before hitting the disabled list, which put Herrera into the starting lineup on a daily basis.

In the 28 games played since that week-long slump to begin the year, Dilson Herrera has hit .323/.383/.514 between the time spent in Daytona and Louisville. Last night he went 1-7 in the Bats double header in Durham. It wasn’t the best set of games, but he hit a moonshot home run over the bull.

The distance wasn’t nearly as impressive as the height. Using google maps, the distance was only about 360 feet. I’d love to know what the launch angle was on the ball.

Things are going well for Dilson Herrera right now. He’s playing every day, and he’s performing – particularly at the plate. There’s still a question of exactly where, if at all, he fits in with the Cincinnati Reds. But if he keeps playing like he has been and the opportunity doesn’t present itself with the big league club, other teams will come calling and be willing to give him a chance with their organization.

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28 Responses

  1. Kap

    The mariners will probably be more willing to acquire Herrera as opposed to scooter. Robinson cano will be still under contract for a while so getting scooter doesn’t make much sense for them, not to mentions their awful farm system

    • Asinghoff

      Um, wouldn’t the fact that Cano is under contract for a while be more reason to acquire Scooter than Dilson…?

      • Kap

        Why would they carry that much payroll to pay two second basemen next year when they will only need one?

      • Matthew O'Neal

        Because, if called up today, Herrera would is under team control through the 2023 season (3 years pre arb, 3 years arb). Scooter has this year and next.

      • Wes

        Herrera has absolutely no trade value. He could have just been had for nothing and all 29 teams passed.

        Scooter on the other hand Was the best hitting 2nd baseman in NL last year and has carried that into this season. He’s a perfect fit to replace cano bc he can replace his offensive production.

        Seattle should care more about winning now vs how many 2nd basemen they have in 2019. They have been trying to win for 5/6 years now and can’t put it together but this year they have a chance ! I look for them to make a move early and their gm is a trade addict

      • Doug Gray

        At the time everyone passed on him he hadn’t shown he was healthy and could throw much from second base to first base. Today is a bit different than then.

    • Stock

      I agree with Asinghoff. If the Mariners make a trade it is because they want to win today. Scooter gives them that. When Cano comes back, slide Scooter over to fill the gaping hole they have at 1B. If the Reds want Senzel in the majors this year they would have to trade Scooter because he is proven to be a very good everyday 2B and one of the 2 or 3 best hitting 2B.

      • asinghoff

        Plus if the Mariners are expecting to make a run this year, they want a player that has proven they can do it at the big league level. They aren’t going to trade for an unproven prospect and immediately plug him in to a playoff run.

      • Tom

        Senzel might be better off cast into a 2019 scenario for now. If trading Scooter, the Reds can think also of Blandino, Dixon, and Herrera getting a look before Senzel in 2018.

  2. redleggingfordayz

    Wes, Scooter was not the best 2B hitter in the NL last year. You are probably just forgetting about Daniel Murphy! Also, there were definitely better 2B overall outside hitting as well (Ozzie Albies, Cesar Hernandez).

    • wes

      My bad, the NL leader in homers and RBI out of all 2nd basemen….I agree about several much better all around 2nd basemen, but none of those guys are available via trade at the moment. Scooter is however and he mimics Cano in a way that makes it a good fit for Seattle.

      I’d be shocked if Seattle trades away a 19 year old kid who’s never played pro ball, but they did get prospect fatigue on the OF they traded to St Louis last year. Maybe they are getting it on Lewis too? High risk/high reward type player. I’d do that if I was Cincy.

  3. AirborneJayJay

    Dilson Herrera to Seattle for RHP Wyatt Mills and OF Ian Miller or OF Braden Bishop and call it a day. Mills goes to Pensacola and Miller to the Reds, or Bishop to Louisville.

  4. Eric Wormus

    Doug, if the Reds are serious about competing in 2019-2020 do you think something needs to be done with Senzel, Herrera, or Shed Long in terms of moving to another position or being traded for pieces that could help the big league team? I think in an ideal world the Reds would move Scooter first, but with how risk averse the front office seems, I doubt they’d move Scooter while he’s as hot as he has been.

    The Reds are currently sitting on the worst record in the NL and their 3 most “MLB ready” prospects all currently play the same position. It’s hard to see how they improve outside of trading some of those guys or moving positions.

    • Tom

      What happens to Herrera if he isn’t added to the 40 man all year? Is he a FA after this year if the Reds don’t act in some way? Would like to see him stay healthy all year at 2b/DH to protect that shoulder. Next year the plans could include him at 2b in Cincy. Defensively, is he in the mold of Scooter?

      • Doug Gray

        I believe that Herrera is a free agent after the season if he’s not placed back on the 40-man. He’s not known to be a good defender, but the guy can hit.

    • Doug Gray

      If I’m running things, and I’m absolutely not, I’d be trying to move Gennett ASAP. Maximize the control he has left and get more value for him as a result.

      • Tampa Red

        Doug, I get that this is a GREAT website devoted the Reds minor league system. I’ve been following your site for about 10 years. You’ve done an amazing job with it.

        However, I have to say I’m simply not down with the idea that the Reds almost always need to trade guys that are proven producers at the big league level — and Gennett certainly is — to make room for guys that might be good, some day.

        I mean, we all hope Senzel will at some point have a season like Gennett had last year, or is having this year. I’m probably in the minority here, but the vertigo thing is problematic to me and is now officially a reoccurring thing. Add that to the obvious fact that having potential simply means you haven’t done it yet, and I’m not totally down with the idea that the Reds must trade Gennett, and now.

        I’m not totally against it. But if a trade is made, I’m going to judge the return with a much sharper eye than I have previous trades. And I suspect there are thousands of Reds fans that feel exactly the same way.

      • Doug Gray

        I certainly don’t want to trade everyone, but I also accept the reality that the Reds shouldn’t be signing anyone into their 30’s because they can’t pay those prices for declining production unless that player is an elite level player, like Joey Votto.

        Gennett isn’t going to be around beyond 2019 unless you pay him $15M a year, probably. That’s money better spent elsewhere, probably. If the team had no one to step in and play second, maybe – and it’s still a big maybe – you sign an extension. But they have like four options.

      • Joe

        Thanks for letting everyone know that you and your pea brain aren’t currently running the Reds.

  5. Klugo

    I’ve been a big fan of the talent there. Have always thought the biggest factor for DH (besides health) lies between his ears.

    • Doug Gray


      He was technically on the Pensacola roster, but the DL. He was “activated” then sent to Daytona. Full paper move – he went right from Arizona to Daytona.

  6. Cooooop

    Hey Doug I’m sure you know of home run calculators like this one: I roughly timed the home run from the video when contact is made just after the 1 second mark to the 7 second mark when the 3B ump starts to raise his hand. To get the height we need to enter the launch angle and exit velocity at the top. I get a rough height, I used a higher launch angle of 45 and exit velocity of 90 mph. Then enter the distance and height, then click the right arrow to calculate the time. I used Doug’s 365 feet distance and height of half that about 180 feet and the time was 7.2 seconds. Whatcha think baseball experts? Does this make you go BALL-istic? LOL

    • Doug Gray

      Never seen that or used that kind of thing before. But there’s no chance to get that home run with that launch angle and that exit velocity.

  7. Joe

    The ‘auhor’ Of this crap is clueless. Lol. Yeah, Dilson has catapulted from an unwanted scrub to a tradeable asset over the last 5 weeks, because he has hit above average in Louisville for 15 days. Hahhaha. What a stupid article

    • asinghoff

      Good point Joe.

      What’s your website? I need to make sure I hear all of your intelligent takes.

    • Doug Gray

      Thanks for stopping in and reading.

    • Steve

      Doug has a lot of knowledge in regards to the reds minor league system. Way more than you and I. Why don’t you cut Doug some slack. He puts in a lot of time so readers like you and I can read his stuff for free.