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.
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.
|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|