It has been less than two weeks since the Mets announced their round of minor league callups, ans so far at the AA level, both Steven Matz and Dilson Herrera are tearing it up, albeit in a small sample size.
Saturday night, Matz was the talk of the farm system, coming up with coming up with six shutout innings against the Altoona Curve, striking out nine while walking just one.
When I wrote about Matz back in September 2013, I said one of the main things to look for was how he would respond when faced with higher level competition. He has answered the call, and is succeeding in the upper levels of the minor leagues.
As for Herrera, all he has done is hit .389/.436/.556 in 39 PA with the B-Mets. Our friend Toby Hyde over at Mets Minor League Blog did a terrific article on Herrera a few days ago. I highly recommend giving that a look if you have some time (link opens in new tab).
The most exciting thing, is that both are doing this damage against significantly older competition. Herrera, just 20 is 4.7 years younger than the average player in the Eastern League, and is the youngest player in the whole league. Matz, for the first time in his career is facing older competition, is a full 1.8 years younger than the average player.
Yet despite this large age gap, both players are off to fast starts with the B-Mets and are bound to begin creeping up prospect lists if their success is sustained against higher-level competition.