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 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.

12 Responses

  1. DaveCT

    Good for Hernandez. It never hurts to get a chance to show the manager your skills. With AlfRod gone, and Hernandez likely at AAA, you never know.

    • BK

      I like this signing. Farmer is a former top prospect that had really nice results in 2020. He also pitched pretty well until a trip to the IL in early August.

  2. LDS

    Looking for Farmer’s defensive replacement? Barrero is likely opening in AAA.

    • DaveCT

      I don’t think they’ll burn a 40 man spot on Hernandez when they have Barrero, assuming he’s healthy. Last year, maybe, before Barrero had his big year. Not this year.

      Farmer should be traded this spring. And I like Farmer, and was among the very few here who thought he was the best SS option last spring. But the path to competing is not with Farmer as SS. Nor as a good guy on the bench. Keeping him means Bell plays him over Barrero. Period. So move him and get on with the rebuild.

    • Muddy cleats

      Agree, wrist injury almost assures it?

    • LDS

      Just like last year, has been’s, could have been’s, and never were’s. I’m sure Bell is thrilled. It shortens his path to mediocrity.