This promising 23-year-old seemed to have a fine future ahead of him while he was working his way through the Philadelphia Phillies' farm system during the past seven seasons. Possessing a strong glove, speed and a positive plate approach, the 2006 amateur free agent seemed likely to take over for the iconic number 26 when he left town.
But, Utley's two-season rebound from a chronic knee condition and Ruben Amaro, Junior's choice to extend this contract through at least 2015 adjusted the organization's outlook in a number of ways. One of those renewed views involved this apt Venezuelan infielder.
Hernandez was asked to try on a center fielder's glove this summer in Lehigh Valley. His natural athleticism enabled him to easily adapt to the change and also created a big league look in the middle of the Phillies' September outfield.
So far this rookie has shown the type of poise that could lead to an ongoing shot next spring. Unless he's dealt in the off-season, or is injured along the way, Hernandez might well remain on the 25-man roster to start the 2014 campaign.