Comments on: Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Top Prospects: #12 – Dilson Herrera http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/01/pittsburgh-pirates-2013-top-prospects-12-dilson-herrera.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:23:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/01/pittsburgh-pirates-2013-top-prospects-12-dilson-herrera.html#comment-23970 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:46:41 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45701#comment-23970 I think there’s a good reason Herrera was on the radar before Hanson and Polanco. Herrera received a $220 K bonus. Hanson ($150 K) and Polanco ($75 K) were both un-reported when they signed. Herrera was the second biggest signing by the Pirates in his year. So if there has been an earlier bandwagon for him, it’s probably for that reason.

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By: Steve Zielinski http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/01/pittsburgh-pirates-2013-top-prospects-12-dilson-herrera.html#comment-23969 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:46:04 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45701#comment-23969 Hanson definitely slumped in the second half of his 2011 season. He also slumped in the second half of his 2012 season. Let us see if he’s consistent throughout the 2013 season.

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By: Steve Zielinski http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/01/pittsburgh-pirates-2013-top-prospects-12-dilson-herrera.html#comment-23968 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:43:25 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45701#comment-23968 You rightly identified Hanson and Polanco as breakout candidates during spring training last year. That said, the Herrera bandwagon formed early, long before 2013 spring training. If the Pirates send Herrera to State…er…Jamestown or if he struggles at all or fails to have a campaign comparable to Hanson and Polanco’s 2012 seasons, it will appear to the fans and to professional observers that Herrera is not as talented as they thought. Breakout seasons ought to be a bit surprising, I think. If so, then Herrera may have had his breakout season in the GCL, when he was a comparatively unknown and un-hyped prospect who performed rather well.

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By: Happydude1 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/01/pittsburgh-pirates-2013-top-prospects-12-dilson-herrera.html#comment-23967 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:39:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45701#comment-23967 Hanson mashed the first half of the year as an 18 yr old in the GCL, so he had a bit of a track record that had some people excited.

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By: Tim Williams http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/01/pittsburgh-pirates-2013-top-prospects-12-dilson-herrera.html#comment-23966 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:27:50 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45701#comment-23966 “No one expected Hanson and Polanco to have the seasons they had.”

Depends on the timing. I talked to a few people last year who had Hanson as a potential breakout candidate. I had both as breakout candidates in Spring Training last year.

I think Herrera is closer to Hanson. Espinal would be closer to Polanco. He’s got a lot of raw ability, but it hasn’t translated to the field yet.

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By: elgaupo http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/01/pittsburgh-pirates-2013-top-prospects-12-dilson-herrera.html#comment-23965 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:15:25 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45701#comment-23965 Tim had him at #15 before the Winter League All-Star game.

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By: Steve Zielinski http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/01/pittsburgh-pirates-2013-top-prospects-12-dilson-herrera.html#comment-23964 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 15:11:54 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=45701#comment-23964 Hmmm, observers expect Herrara to have a break out season at WV. No one expected Hanson and Polanco to have the seasons they had. So, Herrara is a bit different than those two. Edwin Espinal is a closer match to Hanson and Polanco. Like them, he’s an interesting player who struggled some in the GCL. Of course, no one expects Espinal to win a stolen base title or to vie for a Gold Glove at a high-value defensive position!

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