Pirates happy to have Hernandez back in the mix

Published Jul. 1, 2015 11:31 a.m. ET


Pirates outfielder Gorkys Hernandez is celebrating the trip to Detroit for many reasons. Not only is he returning to Detroit – the team that originally signed him in 2005 – but he's also back in the Major Leagues after various struggles in the Minors.

"He caught our eye in Spring Training. He was a different player than the one we saw the last time he was here in a Pirates uniform," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told Pirates.com. "As much as anything, we wanted to see his bat here."

Hernandez made his Major League debut with the Pirates in 2012, but the organization parted ways with him shortly after. However, prior to the 2015 season they gave him another shot and so far it's working out.

"He's a premium defender at all three spots," Hurdle said. "A plus-plus and accurate arm, speed still above average. And his bat has been consistent. We wanted to dig deeper into his skill set at this level, so moving forward, we can say, 'Here's what Jose Tabata is, here's what Gorkys Hernandez is.'"

(h/t Pirates.com)
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