Enrique Hernandez
Enrique Hernandez
29-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, $14 million deal with Boston and should play four or five days per week in the early stages of this mini rebuild. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Red Sox in January of 2021.
Leaves yard Tuesday
2BBoston Red Sox
March 3, 2021
Hernandez went 1-for-1 with two walks and a solo home run in Tuesday's spring game against Tampa Bay.
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Hernandez served as the leadoff hitter for the second time this spring. Red Sox manager Alex Cora believes Hernandez can be a more authoritative hitter, per Ian Browne of MLB.com, and the manager is giving him a good look atop the order early in camp. "I'm going to keep pushing him, challenging him to be better. And if he's up to the challenge and he does his thing, I think he can help us [with] mixing up things and helping me build kind of like the 'perfect lineup,'" said Cora. Hernandez can play multiple positions but could serve as the primary starter at second base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .761 450 57 18 47 4 .257 .327 .434
Since 2018vs Right .741 619 87 25 89 3 .235 .304 .438
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
2018vs Left .780 225 29 9 20 1 .260 .335 .445
2018vs Right .833 237 38 12 32 2 .252 .338 .495
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+30%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .822 506 72 26 74 3 .272 .320 .502
Since 2018Away .680 560 72 17 62 4 .218 .308 .373
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
2018Home .916 222 33 14 29 1 .287 .352 .564
2018Away .704 240 34 7 23 2 .227 .322 .382
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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
0.19
 
BB Rate
4.1%
 
K Rate
20.9%
 
BABIP
.260
 
ISO
.180
 
AVG
.230
 
OBP
.270
 
SLG
.410
 
OPS
.680
 
wOBA
.296
 
Exit Velocity
84.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.9%
 
Barrels/PA
5.4%
 
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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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Bats leadoff Sunday
2BBoston Red Sox
March 1, 2021
Hernandez started at shortstop, batted leadoff and went 1-for-2 in Sunday's spring game against the Twins.
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Signs with Red Sox
2BBoston Red Sox
January 22, 2021
Hernandez signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Red Sox on Friday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
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Homers for only run in Game 1 loss
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
October 13, 2020
Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a solo homer in Monday's NLCS Game 1 loss to the Braves.
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Hits solo homer
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
September 12, 2020
Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in a loss to Houston on Saturday.
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Goes yard in win
2BLos Angeles Dodgers
September 9, 2020
Hernandez went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and another RBI during Wednesday's win in Arizona.
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