Anderson Hernández

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Anderson Hernandez
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Hernandez with the Washington Nationals
Vaqueros Unión Laguna – No. 12
Second baseman / Shortstop
Born: (1982-10-30) October 30, 1982 (age 34)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 18, 2005, for the New York Mets
NPB: March 28, 2014, for the Chunichi Dragons
MLB statistics
(through 2010 season)
Batting average .241
Home runs 4
Runs batted in 60
NPB statistics
(through 2016)
Batting average .263
Home runs 21
Runs batted in 116
Teams

Anderson Hernández Mejia (born October 30, 1982) is a Dominican professional baseball infielder for the Vaqueros Laguna of the Mexican Baseball League. He has played in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Cleveland Indians, and Houston Astros as well as for the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

Professional career[edit]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

He was signed as an undrafted free agent at age 18 by the Detroit Tigers in 2001. In the minor leagues, Hernández showed poor patience and high strikeouts typical of a teenager[citation needed] and did not rise past single-A until 2004. In his first season, he batted .264/.303/.389 with 34 stolen bases in just 216 at-bats. However, he progressed slowly. In 2002, playing in High-A ball, he showed poor hitting skills, batting just .259/.310/.339. The next season was even worse. Hernandez struggled to hit above the Mendoza line, (.229/.278/.295) and stole just 15 bases. But the next season started off well for him. After batting .295 with 11 RBI in about 100 AB, he was called up to Double-A Erie where he batted .274 with 5 home runs, 29 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. In January 2005, Hernández was traded to the New York Mets for catcher Vance Wilson.[1]

Hernández before a Mets spring training game in 2007.

New York Mets[edit]

In January 2005, Hernández was traded to the New York Mets for catcher Vance Wilson.[1] With the Mets out of playoff contention in 2005 and Hernández hitting over .300 in both Double-A and Triple-A, he was called up to the majors in mid-September but went 0-for-14 before finally getting his first hit, off Colorado Rockies pitcher Aaron Cook, in the last game of the season, going 1–4. Due to the knee injury of Kazuo Matsui, Hernández was the starting second baseman for the Mets to start the 2006 season, but he too was soon injured and placed on the 15-day DL. He returned later in the season and hit his first Major League home run on September 19, 2006, off Florida Marlins pitcher Scott Olsen. He is widely known to Mets fans for pinch-running for Paul LoDuca in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, representing the winning run with two out, but Carlos Beltran struck out to end the game. In 2007, he made many appearances as a pinch-runner or a late inning defensive replacement, as he only collected three at-bats and went 1–3. On August 20, 2008, Hernández was dealt to the Washington Nationals as a player to be named later for relief pitcher Luis Ayala.[2]

Washington Nationals[edit]

Hernández (left) before the Nationals home opener in 2009.

On August 20, 2008, Hernández was dealt to the Washington Nationals as a player to be named later for relief pitcher Luis Ayala.[2] He was the starter at second for the Nationals. On August 6, 2009, Hernández was traded back to the Mets for minor league infielder Greg Veloz.[3]

Return to the Mets[edit]

Hernández was traded back to the Mets on August 6, 2009, for minor league infielder Greg Veloz.[3] On March 17, 2010, Hernández was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians.[4]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On March 17, 2010, Hernández was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians.[4] He was assigned to Triple-A Columbus on April 8. On June 8, 2010, the Indians purchased Hernández's contract and placed him on the active roster. Hernández had the opportunity to compete for the starting second baseman position, but lost to Jayson Nix; he was subsequently used in a utility infielder role. On July 18, 2010, Hernández was designated for assignment to make room on the active roster for pitcher Jeanmar Gómez.[5] Hernández was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros on July 21, 2010.[6]

Houston Astros[edit]

Hernández was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros on July 21, 2010.[6] He was added to the 25-man roster on July 22, 2010.

Hernández became a free agent after the 2010 season. He re-signed with the Astros in November 2010.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Hernández signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 21, 2011.[7] In November 2012, Hernández re-signed with the Pirates.[8]

Dominican Republic[edit]

Hernández currently has played in his native country, the Dominican Republic, for Tigres del Licey.[citation needed] He won the Rookie of the Year in the regular season and also the MVP during the finals.[citation needed] He and shortstop Erick Aybar are called "los menores" (Spanish for "the kids") and were known as one of the best middle infields in the Dominican Republic.[citation needed]

Chunichi Dragons[edit]

On December 12, 2013, Hernandez was unveiled by the Chunichi Dragons in the NPB as a new signing ahead of their 2014 campaign.[9]

On 29 October, 2016, it was confirmed that Hernandez would be released from the Dragons along with Ricardo Nanita, Juan Jaime, Drew Naylor and Leyson Septimo.[10][11]

On April 10, 2017, Hernandez signed with the Vaqueros Laguna of the Mexican Baseball League.

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