The Cincinnati Reds have announced that they’ve called up infielder Dilson Herrera from Triple-A Louisville. The move required the team to add him to the 40-man roster. This also means that Herrera will remain with the big league club for the rest of the season. Herrera is out of options and can’t be sent to the minors without being placed on waivers.
Dilson Herrera began the season with the Daytona Tortugas as he worked his way back from shoulder surgery. He hit well in the Florida State League. The second baseman hit .298/.359/.429 in the notorious pitching friendly league in 21 games played. The Reds sent him up to Triple-A Louisville in early May. He initially struggled with the Bats, hitting .256/.299/.390 in 23 games during May after his promotion.
Everything changed once the calendar flipped to June. In the 27 games played since that point he’s hit .330 for the Bats. That’s also come with a .417 on-base percentage thanks to 15 walks, and he’s slugged .524 thanks to 12 extra-base hits. Overall his line in Triple-A this season is .297/.367/.465.
His bat is ready to play in the Major Leagues. The question is, and has been for a while, is he ready to play in the Majors with the glove. At second base, he is. He’s not going to wow anyone over there, but he’s a capable defender. The Reds have had him playing some third base, too. It’s been limited, just 11 games with Louisville – and none in Daytona earlier in the season – but he’s looked limited there. He’s made two errors in 94.1 innings, good for a .952 fielding percentage there. That’s a solid enough rate, but his arm hasn’t looked much like a third basemans arm.
That may not matter much, though. Dilson Herrera isn’t being called up to play third base often. Heck, he’s not being called up to play second base much, now, either. Perhaps the Reds will trade Scooter Gennett before the month is over and it will open up second base for the time being for Herrera. At this point it would seem that the team is bringing him up to be used mostly as a pinch hitter, and perhaps get him a start once a week.