An interesting player. Hernandez can hit, for average at any rate, and his walk rate has been decent through his career. It took him a while to get going; for the first four years of his career, he looked like organizational fodder, hitting in the low to mid .200s. But in his third try at Myrtle Beach, something clicked, and in seventeen games he hit .313, earning a promotion to Mississippi. There, he continued to rake, hitting singles and for the first time showing a little power with seven homers. Last year, he started in Mississippi and then moved up, hitting .287 between the two levels, with seven homers again. He played well in spring training with the big club, though there really wasn’t a place for him once it became clear Martin Prado wouldn’t be traded. So he went to AAA, where he has pretty much beaten the International League to a pulp, hitting .355/.427/.464. He hasn’t hit a homer yet, but has twelve doubles, so will fit right in to this nineteenth century offense we have going.
Hernandez, if he could really play shortstop, would be a real asset and a real prospect; he would probably, in fact, have been traded by this point. There are, however, severe doubts about his ability to play shortstop. His range factors in the upper minors look pretty decent to me, though I don’t know a whole lot about the context. His arm is reportedly pretty bad; last year, he played more second base than short… A terrible baserunner, career 62 SB/49 CS.