Gorkys Hernandez was at one point rated as the #62 prospect in all of baseball when he was in the Atlanta Braves organization. However, his stock has fallen quite a bit since being acquired by the Pirates in the Nate McLouth trade in 2009. Pirates Prospects ranks him now as the #24 prospect in the Pirates organization. He still possesses and excellent glove and arm and should make a living in the Majors as a 4th outfielder.
I’ve seen Hernandez play a few times now that this is the 2nd season in AAA for the 24-year old and it is easy to see that he deserves the rave reviews in the outfield. However, today, he had an impressive day at the plate as well. He did not collect a hit, but ended up going 0 for 1 with three walks and his OBP is now at .382 after 15 games. Here are all four of his plate appearances.