The Milwaukee Brewers scouted Cuban Outfielder Yadiel Hernandez this week in a private workout per Ban Badler of Baseball America
The Milwaukee Brewers are looking to add further to their outfielder depth (at least potentially) with the recent scouting of free agent Yadiel Hernandez.
Hernandez brings a lifetime slash line of 324/.449/.487 during his career in Cuba spanning 2167 plate appearances. He also showed strong plate discipline in Cuba striking out just thirteen percent over his career.
As noted by MLB Trade Rumors that doesn’t necessarily correlate to being a good MLB batter, as Major League Baseball has better quality pitching than that of Cuba. As well Cuban hitters see a five-to-eight percent increase in strikeout rate when joining Major League Baseball.
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The last full season Hernandez played was in 2014-2015 (as Cuba plays winter ball, not summer ball), so it’s expected that he would play in the minors for a bit before jumping up to the majors.
Given that it’s highly unlikely Braun is to be shipped to another time as well the presence of highly regarded prospect Brett Phillips, it seems unlikely that the Milwaukee Brewers would sign Hernandez.
Hernandez isn’t as highly touted as other players coming out of Cuba (i.e. Yoenis Cespedes), but with the Milwaukee Brewers rebuilding, they could still sign him and give him time to develop.
David Stearns has made it known that anyone on the roster is tradeable and with Ryan Braun playing at an elite level, his name will likely float around as the time comes closer to the trade deadline.
if the Brewers were to trade away Braun, Hernandez is one player who could come in and fill Brauns shoes giving Brett Phillips time to develop fully.
With other outfield building blocks in play, though, it seems as if the Milwaukee Brewers are simply doing their due diligence.