Is Philadelphia Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez Going To Be Fill-In Center Fielder?
As the Philadelphia Phillies start the second half of the season tomorrow, they will be without their everyday center fielder Ben Revere. He was injured just two days before the break had started. Revere is rehabbing a broken right foot and will be out of the Phillies’ line up for 6-8 weeks.
This leaves the obvious question: who will play center field? They need someone who can play defensively and also bring some offense to the table. If the Phillies decide not to get anyone before the trade deadline, that guy could possibly be Cesar Hernandez.
During the Triple-A Lehigh Valley All-Star break, Hernandez was sent down to Double-A to see if he has ability to play center field. He got his first chance on Monday night and must have been nervous, because he committed an error that resulted in a run being scored. Hernandez will not let that affect him as GM Ruben Amaro Jr. has said the he will be playing center field for about 10 days or more to see if the experiment will work.
Hernandez does not have to worry about proving his offense ability. He has played 81 games down in Lehigh with an average of .306, 28 RBIs with two home runs. He has already played nine games with the Phillies this season, hitting .250 with one RBI. He is a good bat to have.
Hernandez has been playing second base pretty much during his whole time in the Phillies organization. It will be interesting to see if he can make the transition.