Enrique Hernandez

Enrique “Kiké” Hernández

For the last five years, Kiké Hernández has provided comic relief on the Dodgers while playing all over the baseball diamond. If Major League Baseball gave a Gold Glove for a utility field, Hernández would win it every year.

The Houston Astros first drafted Hernández, and Hernández debuted with the Astros. Shortly after his debut, the Astros traded Hernández to the Miami Marlins. In 2015, the Marlins traded Hernández along with Austin Barnes and Chris Hatcher to Los Angeles for Dee Gordon, Dan Haren, and cash.

From the start, Hernández’s defensive skills were evident. He brought enthusiasm and athleticism, things that the Dodgers needed. Although Hernández started the 2015 season in Triple-A, he was promoted to the Dodgers in April.

Although Hernández never has a high batting average or on-base percentage, he typically hit left-handed pitching. His batting average against Madison Bumgarner in April 2019 was .489 with five home runs. On Opening Day of the 2020 season, Hernández drove in five runs. During Game 5 of the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs, he hit three home runs, including a grand slam.

In the 2020 season, Hernández had a .230 batting average, .270 on-base percentage, and five home runs. In Game 7 of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, Hernández blasted a game-tying home run.

Hernández’s stellar defense had saved countless runs. No matter where Hernández plays, he had provided a stellar defense. He had not seen a ball that he cannot catch. His running-speed allows him to have a large range. His throwing arm rivals either Yasiel Puig or Mookie Betts. Hernández has great baseball instincts.

Although Hernández is a free agent, the Dodgers need to re-sign him. His stellar defense is necessary to continue the Dodger dominance. He wants to be an everyday player, but he has proven he is incapable of being an effective everyday player. Hernández had played an integral role in providing the Dodgers unprecedented depth.

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