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Kike Hernandez Should Be in the Starting Lineup Every Game for the Houston Astros

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The Houston Astros have been looking for some sort of offensive output from their shortstop position all season long. Look no further than Kike Hernandez. The infielder no one talked about after being called up to the majors alongside Domingo Santana has done nothing but impress since crossing the chalked lines of the baseball diamond. He should be in the lineup every day for the Astros.

The Astros’ lineup has been struggling for most of the year. Other than Jose Altuve and injured outfielder Dexter Fowler, no regular starter on the Astros has an impressive batting average. It seems as if most of the Astros’ runs are scored on home runs when you watch them play. You rarely see them go station to station and get hit after hit to score runs.

This is a product of having a young team with players trying to find their identity in the majors. One player who has found his identity is Hernandez. Since being called up, he has been a lightning rod of excitement. He has shown the ability to play almost anywhere on the field by making great plays in the outfield and amazing plays at shortstop.

More importantly to the Astros, Hernandez has shown the ability to hit well at the major league level. He has presented a good eye at the plate as well, taking three walks to go along with his nine hits with the Astros. He is hitting .346 and can hit multiple places in the lineup. He is most valuable as a table-setter, getting on base with Altuve ahead of George Springer and Jon Singleton, at this point for the Astros until Fowler comes back from the disabled list.

Hernandez has come out of nowhere this season for the Astros. The last two seasons were subpar for the young infielder at double-A Coprus Christi. He hit .247 in 2012 and .237 in 2013. This season he made a change to his swing by eliminating his high leg kick in his stride and his bat has taken off.

Starting off the season at Corpus Christi, Hernandez hit .325 in his first ten games, garnering him a call-up to triple-A Oklahoma City. In 67 games for Oklahoma City, he hit .337 hitting eight home runs and scoring 41 runs. With Jonathan Villar struggling at the plate for the Astros, the team decided to call up a hot Hernandez to the majors where his bat has continued to stay smoking. If he continues to swing the stick well, with the state of the Astros’ lineup and his ability to play multiple positions, there is absolutely no reason why manager Bo Porter shouldn’t put Hernandez in the starting lineup every game.

Lucas Davis is a Houston Astros writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @LDinthe260, like him on Facebook or add him to your Google network.