After two-and-a-half years in the system, the Miami Marlins have given up on Brayan Hernandez.
At the 2017 trade deadline, the Marlins picked up outfielder Brayan Hernandez along with Brandon Miller, Lukas Schiraldi, and Pablo Lopez for reliever David Phelps from the Seattle Mariners. With the release of Hernandez, only Lopez remains in the system.
Phelps played only 8 2/3 innings at the major league level for the Mariners, striking out 11 and allowing three runs on nine hits and five walks. After an entire season on the injured list, he split 2019 between the Chicago Cubs and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Lopez, of course, went on to join Miami’s rotation, and has held the opposition to a 1.247 WHIP in 170 innings over the past two seasons. He’s struck out 141 and walked only 45 during that time for a very solid 3.13 K/BB. Lopez is 7-12 with a 4.76 ERA thus far through his major league career, but is projected by Steamer over at Fangraphs to have a 2.2 WAR season in 2020.
A Rio Chico, VZ native, Hernandez is a six-foot-two, 175 lb. right-handed centerfielder. After joining the organization, he spent 15 games with the Short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs in the New York-Penn League, hitting .271/.302/.407 with two doubles, three triples, and three RBI.
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Despite his relative success, the Marlins had Hernandez repeat the level in 2018. He played in 55 games for the Muckdogs, and hit just .215/.282/.342 with three homers and 18 RBI. He stole 10 bases in 12 attempts for Batavia.
In 2019, Hernandez played in a total 47 games in the Marlins low-minors. He hit .188/.245/.306 within his familiar haunt in Batavia. In a 20-game look at the Single-A level with the Clinton Lumberkings in the Midwest League, he hit just .121/.130/.212.
Now a free agent, Hernandez is free to sign on with any organization, affiliated or independent.
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