2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Cesar Hernandez
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at the Philadelphia Phillies infielder and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
While many fantasy players lament about the scarcity of stolen bases or how shallow second base seems, they overlook the steady and productive César Hernández . He does not rack up hard hits or garner attention due to his persona, but Hernandez scored over 90 runs last year with 15 home runs and 19 stolen bases, a feat only accomplished by nine other players. Hernandez appeared in 161 games with 60 RBI and a .253/.356/.362 slash line.
Accompanying his reduced batting average, Hernandez struggled with a precipitous drop in batting average on balls in play (BABIP) to .315 last season, his lowest total since 2014. But, he increased his walk percentage to 13.4 percent, a career high, reduced his swinging strike percentage for the fourth consecutive year and lowered his chase rate. Hernandez also turned in his lowest ground ball percentage and hit more fly balls.
Representing the type of patience which plays well atop a batting order, Hernandez also ranked in the top six percent...