Monday, January 10, 2005

Anderson Hernandez Report

Anderson Hernandez, SS, New York Mets
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, 2001, Dominican Republic
Bats B/Throws R
22 YO, 5'9", 150 lbs

Hernandez was the player traded from the Tigers to the Mets for Vance Wilson. He's great with the glove, but the bat isn't coming along as quickly. He split 2004 between the Florida State and Eastern Leagues, batting .309/.342/.396 in 139 at bats for Lakeland and .274/.326/.376 in 394 at bats for Erie. His 34/120 BB/K ratio isn't exactly a good sign. He hasn't shown much of any growth in that respect either. His one offensive weapon is his speed. He now has 90 career stolen bases. This season, he nabbed 25 bases with an 81% success rate.

If Hernandez could double his walk rate, he could be an asset to a team that likes to scamper around the bases because of his speed and his glove. As it is though, he projects to bounce around the high minors as kind of a Jorge Velandia for the next generation.

ETA: 2006
1 1/2 Stars

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