Oscar Hernandez Draws Praise
Mark Anderson, of Baseball Prospectus, recently attended the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. He provided some notes from the experience, which included Rays catcher Oscar Hernandez.
In praising the 20-year-old Hernandez, a Venezuelan native, Anderson wrote of his “very good body” and cited how his hands “work well at the plate” and are “extremely quick to the ball.” Defensively, Hernandez earned praise for a “plus arm” as well as “lightning fast hands” and “good footwork.” In summation Anderson noted the high degree of risk involved, yet tabbed Hernandez as a “potential everyday catcher.”
Hernandez, who opened eyes with a brilliant statistical campaign in 2011, is considered one of the top catching prospects in the system, along with David Rodriguez and Nick Ciuffo—another international signing and this year’s top draft pick. None of the three are expected to make big-league contributions anytime soon, however.