Tigers sign former Revs’ OF Hernandez
Add outfielder Michael Hernandez to the list of players who finished last season with the Revs but will start the 2013 season elsewhere. Revs baseball operations manager Andrew Ball said Hernandez has been signed by the Detroit Tigers.
“He doesn’t have an invitation to spring training but it sounds like he’ll go to triple-a camp with them,” Ball said Wednesday.
Hernandez is the second Revs’ player in recent weeks to earn a contract with a big league club. Starting pitcher Ryan Feierabend got picked up by the Texas Rangers earlier this month.
Hernandez, 29, returns to the same organization he spent time playing for in his first two years as a pro in 2006 and 2007. He reached Class AA Erie in 2007, batting .250 with four homers and 19 RBIs in 18 games.
The Brooklyn native played the following season in single-a ball in the New York Mets’ system before coming to the Atlantic League in 2009, where he has played ever since.
While I’m always happy for any former Revs’ players getting picked up, I’m somewhat surprised at this signing given Hernandez’s 2012 season with the Revs. Sure, he batted .303 and earned second-team all-Atlantic League honors and started in the 2012 Atlantic League All-Star Game. But he only had 13 homers and 55 RBIs in 104 games. Plus, he battled injuries most of the year and spent the better part of the final month of the season in designated hitter spot.
Regardless, best of luck to Hernandez with the Tigers’ organization. For what it’s worth, he was always one of the better players to chat with in the clubhouse last season. The Oklahoma State University product will be entering his eighth year as a pro in 2013. Hopefully he’ll be able to make it to the triple-a level (and beyond) for the first time in his career.