Manuel Hernández (minors05)

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Manuel Alfredo Hernández Meneses

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 190 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Manuel Hernández has played in the minor leagues and for the Guatemalan national team.

Hernández was signed by Baltimore Orioles scout David Stockstill in 2009. He hit only .127/.289/.157 in 48 games for the 2010 DSL Orioles 1, with 39 K in 134 AB. He played both corner infield and corner outfield spots as well as pitcher. In 2011, he played for the GCL Orioles and did much better - .275/.356/.404, 23 R, 24 RBI in 49 G, playing left field regularly. He tied for 6th in the Gulf Coast League with four triples.

Manuel produced at a .234/.306/.344 clip for the 2012 GCL Orioles and was promoted to the Aberdeen Ironbirds, for whom he batted .180/.283/.240 in 15 contests. He split LF with the GCL O's with a fellow Guatemalan, Andrés Aguilar. In 2013, he batted .216/.295/.298 as Aberdeen's starting right fielder, whiffing in 56 of 171 at-bats.

Hernández was Guatemala's second-best hitter (after Dennis Hurtarte) in the 2013 Bolivarian Games, batting .314/.429/.391 with 2 runs and 3 RBI as their starter in center; he had their only RBI in a 2-1 semifinal loss to Venezuela and their lone run off Gustavo Rehwoldt in a 2-1 Bronze Medal game loss to Ecuador. He was 3 for 13 with 7 walks for Aberdeen in 2014.

He was Guatemala's starting center fielder in the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games and put on one fine show, going 7 for 16 with a double, three home runs, three runs, four RBI and two HBP in five games, while handling 13 chances error-free. He had half of Guatemala's six runs in the event, 43% of their total bases, two-thirds of their RBI and two-thirds of their runs produced. He homered off Sergio Mora for their only run against host Mexico, took Puerto Rico's Miguel Martinez deep and smacked a two-run shot off Alexis Fumero to give them a lead against Venezuela that lasted until the 7th as Guatemala got their closest to a win. It was one of the best performances, if not the best to that point, by a Guatemalan player in a major international tournament. He tied Joiset Feliciano for 4th in the event in average, led in slugging (by .196 over Javier Dominguez), led in home runs (one more than Pedro Feliz, Frederich Cepeda and Víctor Méndez) and tied for 9th in RBI despite the lack of baserunners ahead of him.

The Guatemala City native hit .318/.375/.455 with 5 RBI in 5 games in the round-robin phase of the 2017 Central American Games; he was two RBI behind team leader Fabián Vizcaíno. He hit third in the Bronze Medal Game against El Salvador and drew a walk from Marcelo Parker in the first but the game was rained out in the second, Guatemala splitting the Bronze with El Salvador.