The Cincinnati Reds added another player to big league camp on Saturday afternoon when they extended a non-roster invite to shortstop Miguel Hernandez. He’s been in the Reds farm system since 2016 when he was 17-years-old and has worked his way up to Double-A.
The now 22-year-old has been in minor league camp, and was also in early minor league camp that began in the third week of February for the Reds out in Goodyear. In 2021 he began the year with High-A Dayton, hitting .267/.318/.344 before spending the final five weeks of the year in Double-A Chattanooga. With the Lookouts he hit .255/.300/.319 in 25 games.
Hernandez is more known for his defense than his offense. A quality defender at shortstop with good range and a solid arm. At the plate he’s been able to hit for a solid average at most of the stops as he’s worked his way up, but he hasn’t walked much and he hasn’t shown much power, either – he has 12 career homers in 423 games played.
With the news that came out on Saturday afternoon that Jose Barrero had a sore left wrist (first reported by Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer) and would be evaluated over the next few days, the Reds could certainly use another shortstop in big league camp. With Juniel Querecuto also out with an injury right now, Hernandez is likely to get some looks at the position as he is one of the few true shortstop defenders currently in big league camp.
Tuesday’s game to be on MLB Network
The Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers game on Tuesday afternoon will now be available to watch on MLB Network. Originally it was only going to be aired on MLB.tv via the Dodgers broadcast, but now it will also be available on MLB Network at 4:05pm ET. We’ve updated the television and radio broadcast schedule to show this.