When asked about who his starting second baseman would be on Opening Day, Mets manager Terry Collins said, “There’s no reason to think Hernandez wouldn’t be the guy, if that’s who we think is going to be best for us. I like his enthusiasm. I love his defense. I like the fact that he switch-hits and he’s a baseball player.”
Luis Hernandez is a 26 year old infielder who has already been a part of 4 different organizations. He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves, claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles, signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Royals, and then signed as a free agent by the New York Mets.
Hernandez only has 265 career major league at bats in 120 games. In his career, Hernandez has 3 HR and 20 RBI to go along with his .245 AVG. In 9 seasons in the minor leagues, Hernandez has only 17 HR and hit just .255.
Is this guy really a better option than Daniel Murphy or Luis Castillo? In my opinion, Murphy would be a very good hitter and be able to play the field well enough. He would be a great fit for both the Mets’ lineup and Citi Field, where he could pile up the doubles, being a gap hitter. Murphy should have won the job.
No matter how good Hernandez is in the field, he can not hit. If he is the starting second baseman on Opening Day then he would be the lightest hitting player on the entire roster. He only stole 50 bases in his 9 year minor league career, so forget that aspect of his game. It appears that all he can do is play the field, and a one dimensional player like that is not what the Mets need.
Terry Collins said that the move is pending the approval of Sandy Alderson. This is very interesting because it makes it unclear who holds the power within the Mets organization. Why should the General Manager have to approve the Manager’s decision on who should play second base? The GM is only supposed to provide the players and the manager is supposed to figure out what to do with them.
When asked about getting approval for the decision, Collins replied, “Sandy has never put restrictions on anything we’re doing here. We discuss things every day and know exactly where we stand. I know where he is on every player and he knows where I am.”
We will see what happens over the next few days, but right now it appears that Luis Hernandez will be the Mets’ starting second baseman on Opening Day.
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