Oscar Hernandez
Oscar Hernandez
26-Year-Old CatcherC
St. Louis Cardinals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Oscar Hernandez in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox in January of 2019.
Joins Cardinals on minors deal
CSt. Louis Cardinals  NRI
January 7, 2020
Hernandez signed a minor-league contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The catcher will receive an invitation to big-league camp as part of the deal. Hernandez is unlikely to be anything other than organizational depth this season, as he's appeared in just 22 major-league games, none of which have come in the last three seasons. He hit .209/.274/.399 in 47 games for Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox's system in 2019.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Hernandez got a little run in the big leagues last season when Chris Herrmann got hurt and Welington Castillo needed a bow down the stretch, recording 11 at-bats in four games. With such a small MLB sample size, Hernandez's 2016 season is best reviewed by looking at his minor league stats. He batted .295 for High-A Visalia with a .866 OPS, but those numbers fell to .194 and .609 when he made the jump to Double-A. The organization will likely opt to return Hernandez to Double-A to see if he can improve his performance there, then move him to Triple-A later in the season. No matter where he starts the season, Hernandez will need at least a half-season of developmental time before he is ready to assume the backup catching duties from Jeff Mathis or Juan Graterol in the big leagues.
It was widely assumed that Hernandez, 21, would be the top choice in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft, and indeed he was. Heralded largely for his defense, Hernandez took a step forward at the dish with the Rays' Low-A Bowling Green affiliate in 2014, slashing .249/.301/.401 with nine homers and 63 RBI in 94 games. If the D-backs want to keep him, Hernandez must be a member of the 25-man roster all season long. Should that happen, the team may need to have a veteran bench player capable of serving as the primary backup catcher, as Hernandez would be unlikely to see more than sporadic starts as a player bypassing three minor league levels to get to the big leagues.
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Outrighted to Triple-A
CBoston Red Sox  NRI
July 3, 2019
Hernandez was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.
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Booted off 40-man roster
CBoston Red Sox  NRI
July 2, 2019
Hernandez was designated for assignment Tuesday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
CBoston Red Sox  NRI
May 19, 2019
Hernandez was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Contract selected by Red Sox
CBoston Red Sox  NRI
May 17, 2019
Hernandez's contract was selected by the Red Sox on Friday.
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Returns from suspension
CBoston Red Sox  NRI
June 3, 2018
Hernandez (suspension) was added to Triple-A Pawtucket's active roster Thursday and has appeared in two games with the club, going 1-for-7 with four strikeouts.
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