It did not take long for Yonny Hernandez to find a new home.
Hernandez had been a part of the Oakland A’s organization for approximately six weeks before he was designated for assignment on Tuesday. On Thursday, he found a new organization as Hernandez was traded to the Dodgers for the ever popular Cash Considerations.
Yonny Hernandez has new opportunity to make impact
He was essentially the perfect representation of what the A’s tend to target. A utility infielder, Hernandez had displayed an ability to make contact, draw a walk, and steal bases in the minors. That type of player can fill a valuable role as a bench option provided the minor league success translates to the majors.
That has not been the case thus far for Hernandez. He has produced a .198/.293/.228 batting line in his 194 plate appearances in parts of two seasons, hitting five doubles. Hernandez has displayed some of the traits that made him intriguing in the minors as he has stolen 13 bases, drawn 19 walks, and struck out just 36 times. However, his complete lack of power ability to hit the ball with any authority have limited his ability to make the most of those traits.
Maybe that will change with the Dodgers. It is possible that changes to his swing or approach will help Hernandez become a viable major league option, someone whose defensive versatility and speed would make him a useful piece off the bench. Until that happens, he will likely wait in Triple-A, a solid depth option to be brought up in the case of an emergency.
Yonny Hernandez is getting a chance to prove himself with a new organization. The Oakland A’s have sent him to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.