Blue Jays’ Teoscar Hernandez heating up on the farm

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 14: Teoscar Hernandez
HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 14: Teoscar Hernandez /

It may have taken Teoscar Hernandez a couple of weeks to get accustomed to his new surroundings after the Toronto Blue Jays acquired the 24-year old at the trade deadline but the prospect is now firing on all cylinders offensively for the Buffalo Bisons.

Teoscar Hernandez was acquired along with Nori Aoki from the Houston Astros in exchange for the southpaw Francisco Liriano. Hernandez struggled off the hop for the herd as the youngster presumably was pressing too hard in an attempt to impress his new employer and teammates.

However, over the last 10 games, Hernandez is showing the potential and talent he possesses on the field. The outfielder is batting .317 with 13 hits including 4 home runs and 13 runs batted in his last 41 at bats.

Hernandez is now slashing .213/.298/.480 in 20 games with the Bisons, prior to the trade he was hitting .279 with 12 home runs in his first 79 games at Triple-A Fresno. If Hernandez is going to be successful at the next level he will have to cut down on his strikeout rate as he has a tendency to be a free swinger. So far this season between Fresno and Buffalo he has whiffed 101 times while walking 46 times in 99 contests.

The Dominican Republic native has 42 games in the show under his belt with the Astros where he batted .230/.304/.420  with 4 home runs in 112 plate appearances, he also slugged his first career home run off none other than Francisco Liriano.

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Speaking of Liriano the hurler has a tidy 2.45 earned run average in 7 relief appearances with the Astros since the trade. The 33-year old veteran will become a free agent at season’s end so a nice run with Houston will bode well for his stock moving into the offseason.

Hernandez will almost certainly be a September call-up so Jays fan will be able to see first hand what the outfielder can do in a Blue Jays uniform couple of weeks. Keep swinging that stick kid.

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