Herrera wins top Minor League award

Herrera wins top Minor League award

NEW YORK -- Infield prospect Dilson Herrera, who is playing every day down the stretch for the Mets with David Wright out for the season, highlighted the organization's annual Minor League awards released Wednesday.

Herrera won the Mets' organizational Player of the Year award, after flying through Class A Advanced St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton with a combined .323 average, 13 home runs and 23 stolen bases in 128 games. Coming to the organization last summer in the trade that sent Marlon Byrd to the Pirates, Herrera debuted in the big leagues late last month.

The Mets' Minor League Pitcher of the Year was left-hander Steven Matz, a different sort of success story. The organization's top pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Matz struggled through several injury-plagued seasons before reestablishing himself on the prospect map last summer. He was taken in the second round in 2009, when the Mets did not have a first-round pick.

This year, Matz went 10-9 with a 2.24 ERA in 24 starts split between St. Lucie and Binghamton, putting himself in position for a potential debut as soon as next season.

The Mets rounded out their Minor League awards by honoring their top performers at each level: shortstop Matt Reynolds at Triple-A Las Vegas, catcher Kevin Plawecki at Binghamton, outfielder Brandon Nimmo at St. Lucie, pitchers Dario Alvarez and Akeel Morris at Class A Savannah, pitcher Marcos Molina at Class A Brooklyn, outfielder Vicente Lupo at Rookie-level Kingsport, outfielder John Mora for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Mets, and catchers Ali Sanchez and Walter Rasquin in the Dominican Summer Leagues.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.