OF Gorkys Hernandez (#62) has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and RHP Evan Meek has been optioned to Indy.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) May 18, 2012
This a pretty surprising move.
We all knew that Meek was most likely going to be sent back down to AAA-Indianapolis for this weekend’s series, but Gorkys Hernandez is not a name that was being thrown around by anyone as a possible call up.
Hernandez, 24, is hitting .266/.343/.355 for Indianapolis with two home runs and seven stolen bases in ten attempts. He is widely regarded as the best defensive outfielder, if not defensive player, in the entire organization. This will mark his first ever stint on the Pirates’ ML roster and his first game will be his ML debut.
I have had the chance to see Hernandez a few times over the past couple years and have a video recap of him earlier this season here [link].