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5/23/1990 (26 y, 8 m, 29 d)
$2.6M / 1 Years (2017)
Hernandez is working with Mickey Morandini, the Phillies' baserunning coach, on addressing some of the mental errors that plagued him on the bases last season, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. (2/18/2017)
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The 23-year-old fell into some playing time at second base and center field, thanks to injuries to the Phillies incumbents. He has little power, but above average speed, while both his strikeout and walk rates have jumped all over the place throughout his minor league days. Over a small sample of innings, defensive stats suggest he was pretty terrible defensively at both positions he fielded at, so he will need to contribute offensively to convince the team to hand him a utility role. The early word is that he'll have a chance to compete for a job during spring training. Even he wins a reserve role, he'll be merely a replacement level player in NL-Only leagues. (
The Quick Opinion:
While he does offer some speed and the potential for stolen bases given enough playing time, he does little else to entice fantasy owners. He'll hope to win a bench role during spring training and could potentially offer NL-Only owners some cheap steals and a batting average that won't kill you.
The 26-year-old Hernandez was completely off the 2015 fantasy radar, but got noticed about mid-season because of his speed. In 452 plate appearances, the switch hitter was able to steal 19 bases for the 31st highest total in the league. He even added a 79% success rate. His speed also gives him the ability to leg out a few infield hits (8% infield hit rate) and maintain an above average batting average on balls in play (.343). He needs those legs because he currently has about zero home run power. The higher BABIP helps to keep his batting average (.269 for his career) above the league average (.254). If he could cut down on the ~20% strikeout rate, he could see a nice bump in his average. From about mid-June until he went on the disabled list in mid-September (thumb), he hit in the one of the two top spots in the Phillies lineup. Right now, he seems cemented at the top of an improving lineup so his run and RBI totals won’t be completely useless. The Phillies don’t have another second baseman in the pipeline who would push him in 2016, so unless he completely tanks, his position is safe. He is eligible at second base, but could also be eligible at short and third depending on your league rules, so I see him being at least a bench asset in any league, filling in on off days or for injured players. He looks to be a great middle infield play, especially for teams who could use some speed. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Cesar Hernandez started 2016 with no fantasy value, but is now has some in all but the shallowest of leagues. He is a nice late round stolen base play with a decent average and respectable counting stats.
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