When Teoscar Hernandez came to the Blue Jays in the Francisco Liriano trade, we had no idea what we were getting.
Hernandez got a September callup and had an excellent month, hitting .261/.305/.602 with 8 home runs. He struck out a ton, but he showed a lot of power.
This year, he’s been just as good with the bat, .259/.307/.508 with 14 homer runs and he’s cut down on the strikeouts (course with the drop in strikeouts has come a slight drop in walks).
His season has come with ups and downs. His OPS by month:
July (so far): .770
But we all have our good and bad moments.
His defense is a work in progress. FanGraphs has him at a -9.1 UZR/150. UZR has him better in right field (-6.5) than left field (-11.4), when I thought he was doing better in left. I don’t know why he isn’t better on defense. He’s got enough speed. He throws well enough. And he’s been playing outfield for many years.
He, far too often, takes a rather leisurely, relaxed routes to ball, instead of showing urgency. And he doesn’t always seem to understand the purpose of the cutoff man.
He’s just 25, so he has time to work on his defense.
FanGraphs has him at a 1.0 WAR, pretty good for the mid-point of his first full season in the majors.
For the first half I would great Teoscar Hernandez an
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