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Yadiel Hernandez hits. He should play
« Topic Start: April 27, 2021, 12:53:16 PM »

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/04/26/yadiel-hernandez-nationals-roster/

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Hernandez was the Nationals’ 2019 minor league player of the year, bashing 33 home runs for the Class AAA Fresno Grizzlies in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. When finally promoted last September, he collected just five hits — one of them a walk-off homer — in 28 plate appearances but flashed his opposite-field pop. He swung his way to another chance. In 2021, that hasn’t changed.

“The more at-bats I get, the more comfortable I feel and the better I should be playing,” Hernandez said in Spanish through a team interpreter Saturday. “It’s kind of hard to come off the bench and produce, just one at-bat here and there. But the more I play, the more comfortable I feel. And hopefully the results will be there.”

His stats, including Cuba and the Nats minor-league teams:

https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=hernan000yad

Article says that Hernandez is too slow to play CF. Can he learn to play 3B? That allows Castro and Harrison to play 2B and SS, and allows Harrison to become the utility guy when Turner returns. And that assumes that Kieboom will not be a major league hitter this season, or ever.

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Re: Yadiel Hernandez hits. He should play
« Reply #1: April 27, 2021, 12:58:46 PM »
Someone on another thread suggested1B which would be easier than 3rd. I like the idea playing until he stops hitting. Bell needs to sit as does Schwarber.

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« Reply #2: April 27, 2021, 01:10:15 PM »
Schwarber's walk-off homer was what, 10 days or so ago?  The get out of jail free card is good for 2 weeks I think. 

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« Reply #3: April 27, 2021, 01:41:55 PM »
Schwarber's walk-off homer was what, 10 days or so ago?  The get out of jail free card is good for 2 weeks I think. 

last ten games .158 / .200 / .263, that's not Josh Bell-level bad, but it's pretty awful.

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« Reply #4: April 27, 2021, 02:38:48 PM »
Can he learn to play 3B?

Almost certainly not.  There's almost no reason someone would be playing corner OF (and stuck in AAAA purgatory for years) if there were even a reasonable probability that he could play 3B.  You can switch from infield to outfield fairly easily.  It's hard to remember someone doing the reverse. 

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« Reply #5: April 27, 2021, 02:51:37 PM »
Well, as the article points out, do you really let both Hernan Perez and Jordy Mercer push this guy off the roster?

Basically, the only way this guy plays regularly is if Schwarber is dealt, one of Soto or Schwarber is injured, or Bell is dealt/injured and Hernandez learns to play 1st.  But having both Hernandez and Stevenson on the bench gives you a couple of nice LH PHs.

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« Reply #6: April 27, 2021, 03:08:47 PM »
Well, as the article points out, do you really let both Hernan Perez and Jordy Mercer push this guy off the roster?

Basically, the only way this guy plays regularly is if Schwarber is dealt, one of Soto or Schwarber is injured, or Bell is dealt/injured and Hernandez learns to play 1st.  But having both Hernandez and Stevenson on the bench gives you a couple of nice LH PHs.
I think its pretty obvious you need a backup infielder

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Re: Yadiel Hernandez hits. He should play
« Reply #7: April 27, 2021, 04:07:11 PM »
I think its pretty obvious you need a backup infielder
yabut do you need 2 when everyone is healthy, plus a platoon at 1st?

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« Reply #8: April 27, 2021, 04:50:17 PM »
Almost certainly not.  There's almost no reason someone would be playing corner OF (and stuck in AAAA purgatory for years) if there were even a reasonable probability that he could play 3B.  You can switch from infield to outfield fairly easily.  It's hard to remember someone doing the reverse. 

Note the hinge: Carter Kieboom has never shown a hint that he is a major league ballplayer. It's time for the Nats to admit that and make some provision. Castro belongs at 2B/ He can play third, but that pulls Harrison from being a good utility guy. Someone has to play third and hit.

Incidentally, Killebrew was and outfielder until a AAA coach from the White Sox suggested he get closer to the plate. With that, Killebrew came to spring training in 1959 and hit homers. The Nats were desperate, so they never took the time to teach him to field -- they had traded Eddie Yost to Detroit, so there was a spot. The New Nats let Anthony Rendon sign with LA, so there is a hole at third.

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« Reply #9: April 30, 2021, 09:49:42 PM »
3 for 4 tonight

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« Reply #10: May 02, 2021, 09:21:18 PM »
Note the hinge: Carter Kieboom has never shown a hint that he is a major league ballplayer. It's time for the Nats to admit that and make some provision. Castro belongs at 2B/ He can play third, but that pulls Harrison from being a good utility guy. Someone has to play third and hit.

Incidentally, Killebrew was and outfielder until a AAA coach from the White Sox suggested he get closer to the plate. With that, Killebrew came to spring training in 1959 and hit homers. The Nats were desperate, so they never took the time to teach him to field -- they had traded Eddie Yost to Detroit, so there was a spot. The New Nats let Anthony Rendon sign with LA, so there is a hole at third.
 
I think Hernandez is very similar to what Lombardozi was.  Don't expect too much in the long run.

The void left by Rendon is the 800 lb. Gorilla in the room at all times.  Something must be done before the trading deadline.  I haven't seen Castro's WAR numbers -- my guess is that he's under water.


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« Reply #12: Yesterday at 06:09:47 PM »
 
I think Hernandez is very similar to what Lombardozi was.  Don't expect too much in the long run.

The void left by Rendon is the 800 lb. Gorilla in the room at all times.  Something must be done before the trading deadline.  I haven't seen Castro's WAR numbers -- my guess is that he's under water.



Teach Hernandez to play 1B, and then platoon him with Zim. Since there are so many more RH pitchers, that ought to give Zimmerman enough rest. Let Bell pinch hit until he shows more than he has. Bell does not have to play just because he has a contract, an the Nats are desperate for some hitting.

If there is any similarity to Lombardozzi and Espinosa, it is that Lombo was a steady .250 - 260 hitter without much power, and Espi hit less and less as he led the NL in K's. Espi could wing from both sides, but could never hit from either. Same as Bell. Hernandez, on the other hand, is hitting .300 with an OPS of .770.

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« Reply #13: Yesterday at 06:16:29 PM »

I heard Salsa yesterday but have no idea which songs are which.  Didn't help him that last at bat.