Herrera still probably isn't a star-caliber talent, and the Mets are being really aggressive with him here -- he's never even played at Triple-A. But his prospect status is way up after a terrific season. He hit well for Class A+ Port St. Lucie, then hit .340/.406/.560 for Double-A Binghamton, all as a 20-year-old. Meanwhile, Black is also having a strong season for the Mets, although he continues to have issues with walks.
Like I said at the time, the Pirates were never likely to win the Byrd deal from a WAR perspective, and that was fine, because the wins Byrd could help the Pirates get down the stretch in a pennant race were so important. I'm still glad the Bucs ended up with Byrd, who was a high-impact addition to their best team in decades. I wish they still had Herrera in their system, though.
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