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Michael Hernandez is a 5’10”, 195 lb. catcher from Miami, FL. Born on May 24th, 1995, he signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins on June 23rd, 2017. You can follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Herna6.
Hernandez played four seasons of NCAA Division 2 ball with Nova Southeastern University. In 153 contests for the Sharks, he slashed out a .252/.339/.472 line, with 23 home runs and 106 RBI. He drew 47 walks and struck out 160 times in 553 plate appearances.
Hernandez’ first game as a professional was on June 27th, 2017 for the GCL Marlins in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Hernandez hit two home runs and collected five RBI in a 14-9 victory over the GCL Astros. On July 5th, he went three-for-three with a triple and a walk in a 5-3 victory over the GCL Cardinals. Hernandez only lasted 10 games with the rookie team before getting promoted, going 10-for-31 with 10 runs.
After joining the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League, Hernandez slashed .169/.247/.234 in 23 games, with a homer and five RBI. Over 123 combined plate appearances, he drew nine walks and struck out 36 times. In 264 1/3 innings behind the plate, Hernandez committed two errors and passed three balls, resulting in a .992 fielding percentage. He cut down 10-of-44 would-be basestealers, a 23 percent CS rate.
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Promoted to the single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers to start the 2018 campaign, Hernandez dropped a slashline of .176/.231/.281 in 62 games. On May 2nd, in a 10-8 victory against the Hagerstown Suns, he went three-for-five with a home run, totaling four RBI in the contest. On July 22nd, he was two-for-two with a walk and a three run homer in a 4-3 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds.
Despite Hernandez’ struggles at the plate, the Miami Marlins promoted him to the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League. In 14 games there, he went nine-for-47 with one home run and four RBI, with zero walks and 26 strikeouts. Defensively, Hernandez played a total of 912 1/3 innings behind the plate, and earned a .987 fielding percentage, along with a 28 percent CS rate.
Despite his struggles at the plate, and his fringy throwing arm, he’s a solid pitch caller and pitch framer. Hernandez has not shown that he can hit pitching at the high-A level, and will probably start the season back with the Hammerheads if the Miami Marlins choose to retain him.
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