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20-year-old Double-A 2B Dilson Herrera will be youngest player to debut for Mets since Ruben Tejada and Jenrry Mejia.

Hererra, who will wear No. 2 with the Mets, is being promoted Friday after Daniel Murphy was put on the disabled list with a calf strain.

According to Terry Collins, Herrera is expected to be the team's every-day second baseman until Murphy returns from the DL.

Herrera talked to reporters after arriving to the ballpark and said he is not a power hitter, but a consistent, line-drive hitter; he knows most of his Latin teammates; he has no idea what he was given No. 2; and he's proud to be the first player from Colombia to be on the Mets.

Herrera hits to all fields using a line-drive stroke and a solid two-strike approach, a scout watching him recently told reporter Adam Rubin (ESPN, Aug. 29)...

"He may be a little anxious at the beginning, but I think the kid will do fine," the scout told Rubin.

Similarly,’s Keith Law recently said in an online chat (ESPN, Aug. 22) that Hererra is capable of becoming an above-average, every-day, big-league second baseman, “and maybe more."

“If he ended up on a few All-Star teams, I wouldn’t be shocked,” Law added.

Hererra was ranked by as the organization's sixth-best position prospect earlier this summer.

"Hererra already has shown he has a good understanding of what to do at the plate,"'s Jonathan Mayo said in his report. "He is at his best when he's hitting line drives to all fields. He has a solid arm and shows good infield actions. He is still improving as a second baseman, but he looks like he'll be an everyday big leaguer in time."

Double-A manager Pedro Lopez added that Herrera brings a lot of energy to his team (Press & Sun-Bulletin).

"He's a player that moves this team," said Lopez. "I think everybody feeds from that."

Hererra needed to be added to the 40-man roster before December to avoid being selected by another team in this winter's Rule 5 draft (ESPN, Aug. 29).

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