Gorkys Hernandez
Gorkys Hernandez
32-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hernandez will be in Boston's camp this spring as he signed a minor-league deal with the defending champs in the offseason. The big question is which guy the Red Sox will get: will it be the one that hit .277/.324/.454 with 11 homers in the first half or the guy that hit .162/.220/.286 with four homers after the break? Hernandez enjoyed some serious batted-ball fortune through May and June, launching one of every five flyballs into the seats. That fortune leveled off by mid-summer and returned to his normal career rates for the rest of the season. He has stolen a total of 20 bases over the past two seasons, matching what he did as a minor leaguer in Triple-A for the Giants in 2016. Boston is adding him for potential depth on the roster, but as a righty, he would be a short-side platoon guy and unlikely to see the playing time he saw last year with a downtrodden San Francisco team. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox in December of 2018.
Becomes free agent
OFFree Agent  
October 21, 2019
Hernandez elected free agency Monday rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Pawtucket, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
Hernandez had been outrighted by the Red Sox on Friday, but his veteran status meant he was eligible to refuse the assignment. The 32-year-old is unlikely to be a hot commodity this offseason due to his career .230/.292/.351 slash line.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .609 336 40 6 24 8 .217 .272 .337
Since 2017vs Right .682 520 57 9 40 13 .250 .314 .369
2019vs Left .199 27 2 0 1 0 .042 .115 .083
2019vs Right .710 30 3 0 1 1 .240 .310 .400
2018vs Left .673 162 22 6 15 3 .227 .273 .400
2018vs Right .678 289 30 9 25 5 .239 .292 .386
2017vs Left .610 147 16 0 8 5 .237 .299 .311
2017vs Right .684 201 24 0 14 7 .269 .347 .337
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .650 410 48 7 35 7 .239 .294 .357
Since 2017Away .656 446 49 8 29 14 .235 .301 .355
2019Home .536 24 2 0 0 0 .158 .273 .263
2019Away .415 33 3 0 2 1 .133 .182 .233
2018Home .700 228 27 7 26 3 .246 .292 .408
2018Away .652 223 25 8 14 5 .222 .278 .374
2017Home .593 158 19 0 9 4 .238 .299 .294
2017Away .702 190 21 0 13 8 .269 .349 .353
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How does Gorkys 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
In 2017, Hernandez set career highs in both games and plate appearances, in fact totaling more in each than he had garnered in his career to that point. Playing all three spots in an injury-riddled Giants outfield, Hernandez had a curious monthly batting average pattern: .154/.196/.359/.316/.313/.182. Unfortunately, his homers each month were identical, zero, though he did swipe 12 bases. The lack of power was a result of a low flyball rate in combination with a hard-hit rate well below league average. Hernandez's plate skills are average, giving him a playable batting average floor. However, his lack of power mitigates that, even if he's playing regularly. Hernandez's best attribute is his glove and ability to play anywhere in the pasture. This is enough to warrant fantasy consideration in deep NL-leagues for cheap speed, assuming you have ample pop elsewhere.
After a strong showing in spring training, the Giants opted to send Hernandez to the minors where he slashed .302/.382/.421 with eight homers and 20 steals for Triple-A Sacramento. While those numbers were impressive across 108 games, they were accomplished by a 28-year-old in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Hernandez was eventually called up for the final month of the season and held his own with a .259/.298/.463 line in 57 at-bats. His main value to the club lies in his excellent defense and his right-handedness as a bench bat. If the Giants opt not to re-sign Gregor Blanco this offseason, then Hernandez would be a comparable replacement to serve as the team's fourth or fifth outfielder and late-inning defensive replacement.
Hernandez played eight games for the Pirates last year, failing to record a single hit. His lifetime MLB .552 OPS has doomed him to Triple-A, where he's spent most of the last five seasons. The Giants signed him to a minor league deal in the offseason.
Hernandez got his first taste of the majors as a 24-year-old in 2012, appearing in 25 games with the Pirates prior to being flipped to Marlins ahead of the midseason trade deadline. The speedy outfielder struggled overall at the major league level, batting just .192 with a .267 OBP over 156 at-bats. While Hernandez offers little in terms of power, he brings solid speed to the Marlins' lineup, averaging 26 stolen bases per year over his last five full seasons in the minors. With a full complement of at-bats, he should bring 20-steal upside.
Hernandez moved up to Triple-A after two years of Double-A ball, where he hit a respectable .283 in 424 at-bats with 21 stolen bases. Maturity issues have seemingly held him back at times. The right-handed hitting speedster is still just 24 after six minor league campaigns. The three-time Future Games vet -- he was passed up in 2011 -- faces what could be a make or break season. The organization has seen its share of holes in the outfield but has been reluctant to recall Hernandez. It will be up to him to force the team's hand in 2012 before the likes of Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman pass him up on the organizational ladder.
Hernandez is a three-time participant in the All-Star Futures game, representing his home country of Venezuela for the world team. His numbers really don't warrant All-Star selection, but Pittsburgh is no doubt pleased with his exposure to big-game atmospheres. The 23-year-old, who has stolen as many as 54 bags in a single season, swiped 17 of 20 bases in 2010 before a broken finger ended his year in July. He hit .264/.331/.332 in 368 Double-A at-bats, but struggled with a 33:95 BB:K ratio. Hernandez wears his emotions on his sleeve and has been known to get in trouble with umpires and his own coaching staff. He could make the move to Triple-A in 2011, but he won't likely see the major leagues until he cuts down on his strikeouts and matures on and off the field.
Hernandez projects to be a decent major league hitter, in part, because of his speed. He came to Pittsburgh in the Nate McLouth deal and spent the 2009 season at the Double-A level. The 22-year-old outfielder recovered from a miserable start for Altoona to finish with a .262/.312/.340 line, below his career minor league marks of .286/.342/.388. He reminds some observers of Nyjer Morgan, but he's not as good of a basestealer -- he was successful on 19 of 35 tries last year -- and his attitude has gotten him benched on occasion. There's no real spot for him at the major league level in 2010. He'll likely spend the bulk of the season at Triple-A. Injuries and performance will dictate how far Hernandez advances this season and a September callup could be in the offing with any luck.
Hernandez is considered one of Atlanta's top outfield prospects after coming over in the trade for Edgar Renteria before the 2008 season. He draws walks at a good clip and has excellent speed, but needs to show more power. Despite missing nearly a month with hamstring issues, he hit .320/.381/.514 before the All-Star break, but then faded in the second half. He may need more time to master High-A pitching as a result.
The Tigers gave up Hernandez, one of their better outfield prospects, to acquire Edgar Renteria from the Braves in October. Hernandez has been able to hit for a solid average and has shown good speed in the minors, but he lacks power. Because of a smallish frame, Hernandez is unlikely to develop much power but if he maintains his speed and improves his eye, he can be a solid major leaguer. He'll likely start the year at High-A Myrtle Beach.
The Tigers signed Hernandez out of Venezuela as a 17-year-old in 2005. He made his debut in the Gulf Coast League last year and hit for a solid average while flashing a little power and some good speed on the bases. He's a long way away from the majors but he's worth keeping an eye on.
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Outrighted to minors
OFBoston Red Sox  
October 18, 2019
Hernandez was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Enters for injured Betts
OFBoston Red Sox  
September 25, 2019
Hernandez entered Tuesday's game after Mookie Betts (foot) was removed and went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored in a 12-10 win over the Rangers.
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Starts in left field
OFBoston Red Sox  
September 24, 2019
Hernandez went 0-for-4 in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Rays.
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Fills in for injured players
OFBoston Red Sox  
September 18, 2019
Hernandez entered Tuesday's game for the injured Sam Travis (head) and went 1-for-2 with a run scored in a 7-6 extra-innings loss to the Giants.
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Called up, starting
OFBoston Red Sox  
September 1, 2019
The Red Sox selected Hernandez's contract from Triple-A Pawtucket. He'll start in center field and bat ninth Sunday against the Angels.
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