Ramon Hernandez Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: May 21-24, 2018
Team/Organization: Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Big, strong kid who’s filled out into his body a little bit since I first saw him in 2016; plenty of natural/raw strength, a little bit of baby fat left to burn and likely will need some work to keep up body as he ages. Plodding, slow runner (4.49, 4.52, 4.54 up the line from the RHH box) without a ton of athleticism, but just enough in his profile to move a bit between infield and outfield corners with regularity … Had been more of a third baseman through his career, but moved off the position in 2018 by presence of Drew Ellis; serviceable in outfield right now, but some noticeable missteps/misreads early as he learns. Arm has always been above average and it shows out well now in the outfield, but he needs more reps to nail down consistency in accuracy to target, reading fly balls, etc. Team official reported Hernandez was excited/up for playing outfield, took on utility/platoon role with good attitude; role change now gives him an opportunity to move forward as a four corners defender with some power … Power bat will be carrying tool, while significant questions about hit tool may ultimately hold him back. Really takes a hack; above-average bat speed, trying to do damage with every swing, but poor barrel control and remarkably poor plate discipline and pitch recognition. Total free swinger at the plate; Inland Empire went hard in, soft away against him through an entire series and he struggled to make adjustments there, proved himself to be really prone to hacking at poor pitches, over-aggressively hacking when down in the count, etc … Ramon Hernandez can hit it a long way when he gets a hold of the ball, but one must question whether he can consistently make contact against higher-level pitching. There could be a path forward for him as a 45 FV four corners platoon power bat, but I think it’s likely he struggles to make the jump into the upper minors, and eventually settles into an org depth role the next few years.
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