Players like Yorbel Alcala, Victor Encarnacion, Jorge Lopez, Roberto Reyes, and Wader Perez (returning from injury) came together to carry the team in the second month of the season. Unfortunately Pimentel never made it back and was lost for the season, but Hernandez recovered from his slump and Wader Perez stayed on a steady path to end the season on a solid note.
|Yorbel Alcala||11-for-49, .224||17-for-54, .315||9-for-42, .214|
|Juan Cabrera||17-for-75, .227||13-for-58, .224||4-for-15, .267|
|Juan Castillo||DNP (suspended)||14-for-46, .304||17-for-66, .258|
|Victor Encarnacion||8-for-52, .154||12-for-41, .293||11-for-50, .220|
|Grabiel Hernandez||32-for-93, .344||22-for-88, .256||23-for-71, .324|
|Jorge Lopez||14-for-47, .246||19-for-56, .339||11-for-51, .216|
|Jesus Montero||24-for-79, .304||5-for-22, .227||DNP (VSL)|
|Jose Pena||8-for-54, .148||6-for-53, .113||5-for-20, .250|
|Wader Perez||6-for-30, .200||22-for-77, .286||22-for-75, .293|
|Luis Pimentel||33-for-102, .324||15-for-74, .203||5-for-13, .385|
|Roberto Reyes||23-for-82, .280||21-for-74, .284||13-for-62, .210|
|Santo Sandoval||10-for-59, .169||8-for-47, .170||1-for-17, .059|
|Oscar Taveras||23-for-92, .250||20-for-79, .253||18-for-66, .273|
Now, let's look at overall offensive production in a number of key categories.
When you put the top five hitters of the DSL Cardinals next to each other, as shown above, Grabiel Hernandez stands out the most and of course made a huge impact in his first professional season. Really, how many players hit for the cycle in their first season of pro ball? If he wasn't the team leader in one category, he was not far behind. And yes his defense needs some serious work, but I'm more than sure that he will improve as he matures and gets more experience under his belt.
Congratulations to the 2009 Scout.com Dominican Summer League Cardinals Position Player/Hitter of the Year Grabiel Hernandez.
Shortstop Grabiel Hernandez played in 67 games batting .308 (77-for-250) with a .392 OBP, .448 SLG, and .840 OPS. He had nine doubles, ten triples, two home runs, 32 RBIs, 112 total bases, 58 runs, 29 walks, and 26 stolen bases. Hernandez was hit by a pitch seven times, caught stealing four times, struck out 42 times (17%), grounded into two double plays, committed 32 errors, and assisted in 28 double plays. He played 62 games at shortstop, 3 at second base, one as a pinch hitter, and one as a pinch runner.
The Cardinals' July 2, 2008 signing started the season out about as hot as anybody could but by mid-season went into a slump where he was either on or off. Hernandez had 23 multi-hit (six with three or more) and five multi-RBI games. The 17-year old switch-hitter had a nine-game hitting streak that ran from June 24 through July 3 where he went 17-for-37 (.459). He reached base in 11 consecutive games between July 25 and August 6. His best game came on July 2 when he went 4-for-4 with one double, one triple, one home run, two RBIs, three runs, two walks, and assisted in one double play.
Hernandez will likely get a hard look during extended spring training for a spot on the Gulf Coast roster. He was very close to starting out his Cardinals career with GCL but team officials were concerned with his bat. I think he has proven he swings the bat and brings the speed. I'm more concerned about his glove, which will improve as he matures, ala Cesar Valera.
Notes: Like the details on Hernandez above, you can read individual capsules on each of the club's starting position players in our recent four-part series recapping the 2009 DSL Cardinals season.
Link to our entire series of Scout.com Cardinals Players of the Year representing the top relievers, starters and position players across the entire system.
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