JOSE HERNANDEZ
CORNER OUTFIELDER
Born: March 19, 1986
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Left
Drafted: 23rd Round, 685th Overall, 2009
How Acquired: Draft
College: Texas-San Antonio
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Hernandez broke out in a big way in college in 2009. It’s not often a guy puts up a slugging average that’s higher than any other two years of his career combined. He spent 2005-06 at Long Beach State, but he was ruled academically ineligible and transferred to Texas, playing two years there after sitting out a year. It’s worth remembering, when looking at Hernandez’ gaudy power stats for 2009, that he didn’t show that power until he was two years older than most of the competition he was facing. He’s limited to the corners in the outfield and is probably below average defensively.

2009: Pirates were probably hoping he’d provide some offense for State College, but early-season ankle injury limited him to eight games.

2010: Went to West Virginia and didn’t play much at first. Went 2-for-22 in April, then hit just 242/315/333 in May, with no HRs in either month. Got hot in June, though, with monthly OPS totals of 1.039, .838, and .876 through August. Not a big guy, but takes a very big cut which produces good power when he makes contact. Also willing to take a walk. Had significant reverse platoon split, but with only 94 ABs against LHPs that may not mean much. Divided time between left, right and DH. Played the entire season at 24, which is old for low A. If you bear that in mind, his hitting there wasn’t impressive.

Most likely Hernandez will be an organizational bat.  He was slated to start 2011 at Altoona.  That was a little surprising, but he was 25 so it made sense for the Pirates to challenge him.  It remains to be seen how much he’ll play.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com 

NCAA
BA
OBP
SA
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2005
.224
.257
.328
67
4
0
1
1
17
3
1
2006
.237
.267
.316
114
6
0
1
4
19
0
2
2007 DNP
2008
.319
.424
.406
138
9
0
1
21
33
1
0
2009
.360
.473
.739
211
25
2
17
37
40
8
1
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2011: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 6/19/2009
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2012
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3 (As of start of 2010 season)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 10, 2009: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 23rd round, 685th overall pick.
June 16, 2009: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates to a minor league contract.