From the Collection: Gorkys Hernández, of, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Gorkys Hernández was signed by the Tigers as a free agent in 2005. He was loaded with tools, naturally athletic and looked every bit a lead off hitter–many compared him to a young Kenny Lofton. He did not have the greatest plate discipline or power, but as a young player these could come in time. He hit the ground running: in his debut he won the Gulf Coast League batting crown, would play in the Future Games, and would win a Low-A Midwest League championship with the West Michigan White Caps–while also winning the leagues MVP award and stolen base crown.

Despite all this success, the Tigers had two young outfield prospects in Curtis Granderson and Cameron Maybin, so in 2009 they traded Hernández to the Braves for Edgar Renteria.

With the Braves he was ranked the teams #4 prospect, but his plate disciple and contact skill did not improve…in 2012 he was traded yet again, this time to the Pirates in a package that netted Nate McLouth. His prospect status was slipping, but not gone: he would rank the Pirates #14 prospect in 2010 and #20 in 2011…but his top notch speed and outfield defense was not compensating for his weak offense. In 2012 he was traded yet again, this time to the Marlins for Kyle Kaminska and Gaby Sanchez. In 2013 he would get traded to the Royals for Alex McClure. In 2014 he was with the White Sox, and last month signed back with the Pirates.

Despite getting some at bats in the Majors, at this point Hernández is nothing more than a AAA body who might get a call up to be a 4th outfielder.

Year Age Tm Lg AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+
2006 18 DET-min Rk 205 5 23 20 4 10 27 .327 .356 .820
2007 19 DET-min A 481 4 50 54 11 36 69 .293 .344 .735
2008 20 ATL-min A+ 406 5 42 20 4 48 79 .264 .348 .734
2009 21 PIT-ATL-min AA 556 3 50 19 16 39 130 .282 .331 .688
2010 22 PIT-min AA 368 2 26 17 3 33 95 .266 .333 .668
2011 23 PIT-min AAA 424 1 40 21 9 35 91 .283 .348 .740
2012 24 PIT-min AAA 237 2 25 13 7 34 64 .257 .353 .699
2012 24 TOT NL 156 3 13 7 2 13 42 .192 .267 .569 54
2012 24 PIT NL 24 0 2 2 0 1 5 .083 .154 .237 -31
2012 24 MIA NL 132 3 11 5 2 12 37 .212 .288 .629 69
2013 25 KCR-MIA-min AAA 430 6 32 25 12 30 125 .263 .318 .685
2014 26 CHW-KCR-min AAA 279 0 27 16 4 29 60 .280 .350 .698
1 Yr 156 3 13 7 2 13 42 .192 .267 .569 54
162 Game Avg. 361 7 30 16 5 30 97 .192 .267 .569 54
PIT (1 yr) 24 0 2 2 0 1 5 .083 .154 .237 -31
MIA (1 yr) 132 3 11 5 2 12 37 .212 .288 .629 69
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/1/2015.
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