Boston Red Sox 2021 Player Preview: Kiké Hernandez

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The Syndicate's Red Sox Writers and Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later Hosts will be profiling a different Sox player each day to get you ready for the 2021 season.


Today's featured player: Kiké Hernandez 


The Red Sox signed former Dodgers utilityman Kiké Hernandez to a two-year contract, for $14 million.  The former Dodgers utilityman is a career .240 hitter and is coming off a 2020 season where he hit .230 with five home runs and 20 RBIs. 



Back of the baseball card:


  • Position(s): Utilityman
  • Age: 29
  • Bats: Right / Throws: Right
  • Height: 5'11 / Weight: 190 lbs. 
  • Nickname: Kiké
  • How acquired: Free agent / 2021
  • Contract status: Two-years, $14 million through 2022
Courtesy of the LA Times






















2020 Highlights: 


Hernandez provided excellent defense for the Dodgers in 2020, but his offense was more of the same.  He hit .230 with five home runs and 20 RBIs in the pandemic shortened season.  He also led the major league second baseman with eight Defensive Runs Saved and played all over the diamond. 



He played five different positions in 2020 and arguably was the Dodgers most versatile player.  Hernandez was instrumental with the Dodgers during their World Series run in 2020.  His energy and passion would ignite his teammates while providing postseason theatrics himself.


Red Sox Podcast to be Named Player Outlook:

Hernandez will get the opportunity to be the Red Sox everyday starting second baseman.  This will be the first time in his career that he will get a chance to play everyday.  His versatility was extremely attractive to Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom during the free agent process. 


He will also give shortstop Xander Bogaerts days off during the season.  During his introductory Zoom press conference to the media Hernandez would say, “The goal for me is to come in and be the everyday second baseman,” Hernandez told reporters Tuesday during a video conference.  “But I also understand how valuable it is for me to be able to move around and play, I guess you can say, above-average defense at multiple positions.”


“They said I was going to get a lot of playing time at second.  I was going to get some reps in center.  Probably a little bit of corner outfielder maybe.  I’m probably going to give Xander (Bogaerts) some days at short.  And then who knows?  Maybe a little bit of third or first if needed.  But the plan is to come in and try to establish myself at second base.”


Even though his desire is to play second base everyday, Christian Arroyo will also get an opportunity to play.  In addition, his two-year deal doesn’t block incoming top prospect Jeter Downs from being the future everyday second baseman.  


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