Miguel Hernandez was a part of the Cincinnati Reds step back into the international market for teenagers back in the summer of 2015. That year the team spent big money on two players, with Hernandez being one of them. He wouldn’t take the field until the next year. He would spent a season and a half with the Dominican Summer League Rojos before being promoted to the Arizona League Reds in the summer of 2017 where he hit .314 as an 18-year-old.
The performance by Miguel Hernandez in 2017 earned him a promotion to the new affiliate in Greeneville for 2018. The season didn’t begin well for the Venezuelan teenager. In nine games during play in June he hit just .212/.206/.364 without a walk and with 11 strikeouts. That did come with a double and two triples, but outside of that, the offense didn’t show up for the shortstop.
Those early struggles disappeared when the calendar flipped to July. Miguel Hernandez hit .316 the first week of the month with three walks and just one strikeout. He was even better the next week. In six games he hit .435/ with two more walks and he slugged .696. Things slowed down in the third week, but Hernandez still had a solid .286/.353/.357 line with as many walks as strikeouts – two – for the four games he played in. The final nine days of the month, though, they were a struggle. The 19-year-old played in 10 games in that span and hit just .176 with four walks and six strikeouts. Overall it was a good month for the shortstop as he posted a .289/.363/.411 with 11 walks and 13 strikeouts in 102 plate appearances.
August got out to a slow start for Miguel Hernandez. He went 6-23 (.261) in the first week, but didn’t walk and had just one double (and just one strikeout). The next week was pretty similar for him as he again went 6-23, but had a walk and no extra-base hits. It was the next two weeks that saw the shortstop go on a run for the Reds in Greeneville. He went 21-50 (.420) with three doubles and a home run – his second of the season. The season for Greeneville ended on the 27th, but the Reds chose to promote Hernandez to Billings who had a week remaining on their schedule. On the 30th he would go 2-6 and scored two runs. The next six games, though, didn’t go well. The shortstop would go 0-18, but had more walks, three, than strikeouts, two. He finished the final five week stretch of the year hitting .292/.320/.350 with five walks and 15 strikeouts over 126 plate appearances between his two stops.
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Miguel Hernandez Spray Chart
Miguel Hernandez Scouting Report
Hitting | Miguel Hernandez can and does use the entire field – which you can see in his spray chart above. He also makes contact at a high rate. Overall, I feel comfortable saying that he’s got an average hit tool in the future, perhaps slightly above-average.
Power | While there’s some room for Miguel Hernandez to fill out his 6′ 0″ and 170 lb frame, he projects for below-average power. Double-digit home runs isn’t out of the question for him.
Speed | He shows above-average speed from home to first, but he didn’t run much in terms of stealing bases in 2018 – attempting just three steals.
Defense | This is an area where Miguel Hernandez sticks out. He’s an above-average to plus defender at shortstop with range in all directions. He’s got good hands and smooth actions.
Arm | He’s got plenty of arm for shortstop and should have no problem remaining there.
Miguel Hernandez could develop into an above-average shortstop in the future. Depending on who I have talked to in the last two years his defense has been rated as either above-average or plus in the future at the shortstop position. That alone makes him a very intriguing prospect. But there’s a chance for him to hit, too. While he’s not going to turn into a slugger, there should be enough pop in there to keep pitchers honest. And if that is the case, he’s got the right tools to hit for a good average.
It’s tough to predict exactly where he will wind up to begin the 2019 season. With a new farm director there’s not a history to look at in how certain types of players will be handled when it comes to promotions. That said, I would expect to see Miguel Hernandez in Dayton when the year begins.
Longest Home Run of the Year
363 feet on August 16th.
Interesting stat on Miguel Hernandez
In the first nine games of the year he struck out in 32.3% of his plate appearances. In the remaining 58 games of the year he struck out in just 12.3% of his plate appearances.