Friday, March 4, 2016

#502 Jackie Hernandez

Career shortstop with 1480 at bats....sad part as hitter just a step above the Mario Mendoza line.....Fielding not so great either leading all AL position players in errors 1969...for similar player profiled see Hector Torrez #666....started with Indians farm system....released (bad sign) and signed by Angels 1965...was able to get two call ups with a BA of .103 in 1965 and 66....was included as a player to be named later (bad sign) in Dean Chance deal with the Twins....spent most of 1967 in AAA hitting .269....In 1968 was given an opportunity at shortstop to replace the spot vacated by the failing Zoilo Versalles...no improvement for the Twins....flopped in MLB hitting .176 and returned to the minors....1969 with the addition of Leo Cardinez was exposed to expansion draft by Twins....picked 43rd by KC Royals (bad sign)...despite this got regular work 145 games and 501 at bats....playing time halved in 1970 resulted in a few point improvement in BA.231 from .222....traded to Pittsburgh in off season....participated in 3 years as a reserve hitting .205 near his career avg of .208 (FYI Gary Peters hit 14 points hight)....MLB days ended in 1973....played one year of minors then two more years in the Mexican League. 




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