Enrique Hernandez

Enrique Hernandez

30-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Boston Red Sox
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Hernandez has long been valued by the Dodgers for his defensive versatility; in 2020, he saw time at six different positions, offering the team a plug-and-play option in both the infield and outfield. However, his offensive production continued to slip, and he ended the season with a subpar 83 wRC+. He rarely took a walk (career-low 4.1 BB%) and popped out too often when he put the ball in play, posting a 14.0 IFFB%. Though he maintained a respectable strikeout rate (20.9%), Hernandez produced little power, finishing with his lowest AB/HR (27.8) since 2016. The deficiencies at the plate cost the utilityman playing time as the season wore on, and he ultimately started only 67% of the games in which he played -- his lowest mark since 2017. Hernandez signed a two-year, $14 million deal with Boston and should play four or five days per week in the early stages of this mini rebuild. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#393
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$Signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Red Sox in January of 2021.
Homers yet again
2BBoston Red Sox
October 16, 2021
Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a pair of runs scored in Saturday's ALCS Game 2 win over the Astros.
ANALYSIS
Hernandez just won't stop hitting. He singled and scored on Rafael Devers' grand slam in the second inning and stretched the Red Sox's lead to nine with a solo shot off Jake Odorizzi in the third. He's now homered five times in seven games this postseason while going 16-for-32 at the plate.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
62
1
4
3
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
55
2
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .797 458 59 19 52 3 .257 .341 .456
Since 2019vs Right .714 734 102 23 92 2 .234 .301 .413
2021vs Left .850 233 31 10 25 0 .260 .361 .490
2021vs Right .744 352 53 10 35 1 .244 .321 .423
2020vs Left .688 49 4 2 6 0 .222 .265 .422
2020vs Right .684 98 16 3 14 0 .237 .276 .409
2019vs Left .758 176 24 7 21 3 .263 .335 .423
2019vs Right .688 284 33 10 43 1 .221 .285 .403
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .800 593 94 22 80 2 .265 .331 .470
Since 2019Away .690 596 67 20 64 3 .219 .302 .388
2021Home .845 309 55 10 35 0 .270 .362 .483
2021Away .720 276 29 10 25 1 .229 .308 .412
2020Home .789 71 12 4 16 0 .261 .268 .522
2020Away .562 73 8 1 4 0 .197 .274 .288
2019Home .739 213 27 8 29 2 .260 .305 .434
2019Away .694 247 30 9 35 2 .216 .304 .390
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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 2019 data (min 400 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
0.55
 
BB Rate
10.4%
 
K Rate
18.8%
 
BABIP
.278
 
ISO
.199
 
AVG
.250
 
OBP
.337
 
SLG
.449
 
OPS
.786
 
wOBA
.344
 
Exit Velocity
83.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.3%
 
Barrels/PA
6.5%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Enrique Hernandez
DraftKings MLB: Monday Breakdown
Yesterday
Mike Barner takes us through his picks for Monday's Game 3 between the Astros and Red Sox.
MLB Betting: Monday's Best Bets
Yesterday
Michael Rathburn breaks down the matchup for Game 3 of the ALCS as the series shifts to Boston. Can Carlos Correa top his total bases prop on the road against Eduardo Rodriguez and company?
FanDuel MLB: Monday Targets
Yesterday
Chris Morgan offers up his picks for Game 3 of the ALCS, and he’s picking Carlos Correa as his “Star,” who gets 1.5 times the points in single-game FanDuel DFS.
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3 days ago
Christopher Olson targets a few Boston bats against Luis Garcia and the Astros.
FanDuel MLB: Saturday Championship Series Targets
3 days ago
Chris Bennett recommends Rafael Devers as a top target, as he has a decent floor with big upside against Luis Garcia.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Hernandez regressed significantly last season as his .237/.304/.411 slash line, 76.1% contact rate and .715 OPS were considerable dropoffs from a promising 2018 campaign. While it's tempting to blame his paltry .266 BABIP on bad luck, the mark is in line with his career norm and representative of a swing-for-the-fences approach (as evidenced by his 19.5 degree average launch angle and 43.3% flyball rate) combined with a mediocre average exit velocity (88.4 mph) and barrel rate (4.1 Brls/PA). Hernandez's value to the Dodgers lies largely in his versatility; in 2019, he played every position except catcher and pitcher. This allowed Hernandez to average 461 plate appearances over the past two seasons; however, his playing time is likely to lessen in 2020 with the emergence of Gavin Lux at second base and the development of several other youngsters who are threats to Hernandez's place in the pecking order.
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).
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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Tallies three extra-base hits
2BBoston Red Sox
October 16, 2021
Hernandez went 4-for-5 with two solo home runs, a double and a strikeout in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Astros in Game 1 of the ALCS.
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Homers again Sunday
2BBoston Red Sox
October 10, 2021
Hernandez went 3-for-6 with a home run, two RBI and a strikeout in Sunday's 6-4 win in Game 3 of the ALDS.
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Dominant showing in Game 2
2BBoston Red Sox
October 9, 2021
Hernandez went 5-for-6 with a home run, three doubles, three runs and three RBI in Friday's 14-6 win over the Rays in Game 2 of the ALDS.
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Leadoff homer
2BBoston Red Sox
September 30, 2021
Hernandez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Orioles.
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Homers in win
2BBoston Red Sox
September 22, 2021
Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and a second run scored in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Mets.
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