Enrique Hernandez
Enrique Hernandez
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Dodgers
10-Day IL
Injury Hand
Est. Return 8/21/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After a couple years spent boxed in as a complementary bench player, Hernandez got a chance to prove he's more than that. He didn't quite play every day, but Hernandez logged 462 plate appearances during the regular season -- 120 more than his previous career high -- while jumping all around the diamond, playing every position except catcher. Offensively, Hernandez was 18% better than league average as he shaved his strikeout rate by 6.5 percentage points and added nearly 50 points to his slugging percentage. He hit .252/.338/.495 against right-handed pitching, which was a dramatic improvement upon his .159/.244/.255 line against righties in 2017. Hernandez's 16.7% infield-flyball rate was an eyesore and realistically, there's probably only one way to go when it comes to batting average (down), but his cost will be minimal given he's not a true everyday player, and he's eligible at three positions (2B, SS, OF). Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Nearing return from IL
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Hand
August 16, 2019
Hernandez (hand) is expected to be activated from the injured list by the middle of next week, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
ANALYSIS
Hernandez is on track to begin a rehab assignment sometime over the weekend, and skipper Dave Roberts is hopeful the 27-year-old will be back within a week. Hernandez has been sidelined since July 29 due to a sprained left hand.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
5
5
32
1
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
23
2
2
1
2
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+90%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .825 539 73 25 65 3 .262 .344 .481
Since 2017vs Right .710 621 83 23 76 5 .219 .298 .412
2019vs Left .746 137 17 6 18 2 .254 .328 .418
2019vs Right .738 219 26 10 34 0 .228 .297 .442
2018vs Left .780 225 29 9 20 1 .260 .335 .445
2018vs Right .833 237 38 12 32 2 .252 .338 .495
2017vs Left .946 177 27 10 27 0 .270 .367 .579
2017vs Right .499 165 19 1 10 3 .159 .244 .255
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+30%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .823 575 82 29 74 5 .255 .326 .497
Since 2017Away .704 585 74 19 67 3 .222 .313 .391
2019Home .759 171 20 8 25 2 .256 .304 .455
2019Away .725 185 23 8 27 0 .221 .314 .411
2018Home .916 222 33 14 29 1 .287 .352 .564
2018Away .704 240 34 7 23 2 .227 .322 .382
2017Home .771 182 29 7 20 2 .215 .315 .456
2017Away .681 160 17 4 17 1 .216 .300 .381
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Stat Review
How does Enrique Hernandez compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.38
 
BB Rate
8.1%
 
K Rate
21.6%
 
BABIP
.262
 
ISO
.194
 
AVG
.238
 
OBP
.309
 
SLG
.433
 
OPS
.742
 
wOBA
.324
 
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
43.7%
 
Barrels/PA
4.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
2015
Hernandez has yet to see even 350 plate appearances in a single season with the Dodgers and it is not imminently clear how that will change in 2018 with the crowded depth chart they have. The shortstop/outfield eligibility is a nice part of his profile, but it is only nice if you can use it and with his playing time limitations, he is only an option for NL-only leagues as a last outfielder or a middle-infield role. He has the other flaw of being a guy that is much better against the short side of a platoon as he rakes lefties while struggling against righties. His profile and abilities are reminiscent of Sean Rodriguez, who eventually found a way to make the most of his opportunities in a similar role. Go look at Rodriguez's 2016 if you would like to see the high end of what Hernandez could be in 2018.
There is no way to sugarcoat Hernandez's 2016 season, because the performance was ugly no matter how you slice and dice the numbers. He was a juggernaut in a small sample against southpaws in 2015, but in 2016 he hit under the Mendoza Line against pitchers from each side of the rubber. He hit .170 on the road but only .205 at home (albeit with a lower OBP). A midseason ribcage injury may have contributed to his struggles at the plate, but Hernandez had fallen deep into the abyss well before that injury came to light. The Dodgers will hit the reset button, and he may even be given a chance to start at second base if an upgrade can't be acquired before the start of the season. If he enters the year as an everyday player, he is worth a flier in deeper leagues, given his age (25) and the fact that he has yet be given a chance in a steady big league role.
Hernandez came over from the Marlins in the deal involving Dee Gordon and quickly cemented himself as the Dodgers' top utility player, seeing time at six different positions. At the dish, he was better than expected, and Hernandez torched southpaws to the tune of .423/.471/.744 in 78 at-bats. He saw quite a bit of time in center field down the stretch due to the struggles of Joc Pederson. He walked in just 5.0% of his plate appearances last season, but that could improve with more major league experience. Hernandez doesn't run much, limiting his value, but he's still just 24. Heading into 2016, the Dodgers seem likely to utilize Hernandez in a similar role to last year, meaning he will likely see only semi-regular playing time between center field and the middle-infield positions, barring injury to a Dodgers starter.
Opportunity in the major leagues was hard to come by for Hernandez after a mid-season trade from the Astros as the 23-year-old infielder was given just 40 at-bats and hit .175/.267/.425 after batting .284/.348/.420 over 80 at-bats prior to the move. Hernandez was also consistently solid on the farm last season, putting together a .319/.372/.484 line with 58 runs, 25 doubles, 11 home runs and 42 runs scored in 98 games across two levels. Hernandez’s low strikeout rate and gap-power could provide some intriguing offensive opportunity if he wins playing time, but he'll likely be limited to a utility role after being acquired by the Dodgers in December.
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Approaching rehab stint
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Hand
August 14, 2019
Manager Dave Roberts said Hernandez (hand) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment over the weekend, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Rehab assignment around corner
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Hand
August 11, 2019
Hernandez (hand) is expected to go on a rehab assignment next week, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Resumes cage work
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Hand
August 7, 2019
Hernandez (hand) has resumed hitting in a batting cage, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Resumes baseball activities
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Hand
August 4, 2019
Manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Hernandez (hand) was recently able to take dry swings, Rowan Kavner of MLB.com reports.
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Officially placed on IL
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
Hand
July 29, 2019
Hernandez (hand) was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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