Luis Hernández (baseball)
Hernández during his tenure with the Baltimore Orioles in 2008
|Bridgeport Bluefish – No. 2|
June 26, 1984 |
Quíbor, Lara, Venezuela
|July 8, 2007, for the Baltimore Orioles|
(through 2012 Season)
|Runs batted in||20|
Luís Andres Hernández Mendoza (born June 26, 1984) is a Venezuelan professional baseball shortstop for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets and Texas Rangers.
Hernández was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Atlanta Braves on September 16, 2000. He spent five seasons in the Braves' minor league organization, but only played 19 games for their AAA affiliate, the Richmond Braves, before moving to Baltimore.
Hernández was claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles on October 12, 2006. He made his major league debut for the Orioles as a late-inning defensive replacement July 8, 2007 against the Texas Rangers. Luis collected his first major league hit, a double, in his second career game on July 12, 2007. The game was played at Camden Yards, against the Chicago White Sox. Hernández got his hit, a line drive to center field, off of the first pitch he saw from White Sox relief pitcher Dewon Day in the bottom of the ninth inning. He also got his first major league RBI on the play, as Jay Gibbons came in to score. His first major league home run was hit on September 27, 2007 against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hernández was penciled in as the Orioles' starting shortstop for the 2008 season, but faced Spring Training competition from Brandon Fahey. Considered an "all-defense" player, Hernández and Fahey vied for the position vacated by Miguel Tejada, who was traded to the Houston Astros over the offseason. He became a free agent at the end of the season.
Kansas City Royals
In November, Hernández signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals. He added to the major league roster on May 3, 2009. On July 6, 2009, he was designated for assignment to make room for the newly acquired Ryan Freel. Hernández was released on January 19, 2010.
New York Mets
The Mets purchased Hernández's contract from the Buffalo Bisons on August 27, 2010. Hernández played in seventeen games for the Mets in 2010, hitting two home runs with six runs batted in. His season ended after hitting a foul ball off his right foot, breaking a bone in his foot on September 18, although he still managed to hit a home run on the next pitch. On Oct. 17, 2011, he declared for free agency.
On Dec. 1, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers. Hernández spent most of 2012 with Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .262/.303/.376 with 8 HR and 70 RBI in 129 games as the team's shortstop. Hernández did play 2 games with the Rangers, going 0-1 in each, coming in as a defensive replacement.
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- McCarron, Anthony (19 September 2010). "Luis Hernandez cracks home run for New York Mets one pitch after breaking bone in right foot". The Daily News. Retrieved 27 December 2010.
- Lastoria, Tony (November 7, 2012). "Indians resign Hector Rondon, also sign Angels' infielder Luis Hernandez". Indians Prospect Insider.
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