I kept putting this off, but it really looks like the Braves, barring some NRI playing out of his head in spring training, really are going to go into the season with this guy as the backup shortstop and only real backup infielder. Hurrah. Hernandez has had 103 career major league plate appearances (83 in 2009, 10 last year) and hit a robust .138/.190/.234. Last year, he was 1-9, though the one hit was a homer. There really was no evidence that he could hit major league pitching. All he really has going for him are his AAA numbers, which are fairly impressive for a shortstop in a batting-average-heavy kind of way, .300/.344/.398, hitting .319 over the last two years (in just 84 games thanks to injuries and time on the major league bench). His overall minor league numbers, however, are worse, and as noted he hasn’t hit in the majors. If he could hit even an empty .280 and play good defense, you could live with him as a bench player, but (a) he hasn’t hit, and (b) he hasn’t fielded that well either. The Braves have some other options, but they’re all minor league lifers with even more suspect gloves, plus Brandon Hicks, who simply cannot hit.
Most of Hernandez’s career has been marred by injuries; he played regularly in 2007 and 2008 but hasn’t played more than 90 games in six other minor league seasons, and he missed the first half last year… Terrible percentage basestealer, 68 steals, 54 CS in his career.