Enrique Hernandez
Enrique Hernandez
27-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Dodgers
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
$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
In line for starting role
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
March 23, 2019
Hernandez is expected to be the Dodgers' starting second baseman, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Hernandez is tremendously versatile, having started everywhere except pitcher and catcher last season. That utility role got him 462 plate appearances last season, but he could be in line for even more this year after hitting .256/.336/.470 with 21 homers in 2018. Chris Taylor will start less frequently at second base but will still get starts around the diamond, particularly in left field.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .804 545 71 24 57 2 .245 .338 .466
Since 2016vs Right .658 503 67 15 50 6 .209 .289 .370
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
2016vs Left .668 143 15 5 10 1 .189 .308 .361
2016vs Right .524 101 10 2 8 1 .191 .248 .277
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Since 2016Home .797 537 73 26 62 4 .242 .319 .478
Since 2016Away .667 511 65 13 45 4 .211 .310 .357
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
2016Home .640 133 11 5 13 1 .205 .271 .369
2016Away .563 111 14 2 5 1 .170 .297 .266
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Finds power stroke Saturday
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
March 9, 2019
Hernandez went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs in Saturday's spring win over the Mariners.
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Impressive day at dish
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
March 7, 2019
Hernandez went 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored Thursday against the Angels.
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Reaches deal to avoid arbitration
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
January 11, 2019
Hernandez agreed to a one-year contract with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Held out of Game 4
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
October 27, 2018
Hernandez is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series against Boston on Saturday.
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Out of lineup Friday
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
October 26, 2018
Hernandez is not in the lineup against Boston for Game 3 of the World Series on Friday.
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