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2023 Dodgers in review: Yonny Hernández

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Yonny Hernández’s season with the Dodgers included multiple infield positions and even an appearance on the mound.

The switch-hitting infielder was acquired from the Oakland A’s for cash in December 2022. In a roundabout way, Hernández was a replacement of sorts for Hanser Alberto as the backup utility infielder, though one with minor league options. Those options meant Hernández spent most of his season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, but he still had two stints in the majors, including a tad over a month in June and July.

Hernández in all played 14 games for the Dodgers, including three starts at third base and once at shortstop. Most of his work came in reserve, totaling 27 plate appearances. He had just three hits in 22 at-bats with a double and two walks, driving in four runs.

With Oklahoma City, Hernández hit .252/.395/.342 with a 93 wRC+ and 13 doubles in 93 games, playing mostly shortstop (52 starts) and third base (31 starts). Hernández has gotten on base throughout his minor league career, with a .389 OBP in the minors and .388 in three years in Triple-A. But power has never been a part of his game, with a .327 minor league slugging percentage in eight years. His .090 isolated power (slugging percentage minus batting average) with Oklahoma City was actually his highest at any level in his career.

The speed didn’t translate in the stolen bases department in 2023. Hernández stole 51 bases in 132 Triple-A games at a 77.3-percent clip in 2021-22 combined in the Rangers’ and D-backs systems, and stole 13 bases in 15 attempts in the majors in 55 games. But with Oklahoma City he stole 17 bases at a 58.6-percent rate in 93 games, and didn’t attempt a steal in the majors in 2023.

Hernández was one of three Dodgers position players to pitch in 2023, along with Miguel Rojas and Luke Williams. Hernández’s time on the mound came at the end of a blowout loss in Kansas City on July 2, entering with an eight-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning.

He pitched a scoreless inning, stranding a two-out single.

Hernández’s time on the 40-man roster ended on September 1. After clearing waivers, he was sent outright to the minors to make room for Kolten Wong on the 40-man roster, and Hernández remained in Triple-A the remainder of the season.

2023 particulars

Age: 25

Stats: 14 games, 5-for-27, .136/.231/.182, 20 wRC+, 5 runs, 4 RBI

Salary: unknown

Game of the year

In his first game back up from the minors in his second stint in the majors, Hernández started at third base against the Rockies at third base at Coors Field on June 28. He had a two-run single in the fourth inning and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Three RBI is a career-high for Hernández, who has driven in 10 total runs in his parts of three seasons in the majors.

Roster status

After seven years in the minor leagues, Hernández became a free agent on November 6. He signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on November 17.