White Sox Acquire Gorkys Hernandez

The White Sox have acquired outfielder Gorkys Hernandez from the Royals and assigned him to their Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights, according to a tweet from the Knights. Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune tweets that the White Sox will send cash considerations to the Royals to complete the deal.

The 26-year-old Hernandez once seemed ticketed for the Majors, as Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus each listed him as a Top 100 prospect in 2008 and again in 2009. However, his prospect star has dimmed since that time, as he's put together a career .269/.337/.370 batting line in four seasons at the Triple-A level.

Hernandez has been in a few high-profile trades after signing with the Tigers as a free agent back in 2005. The Tigers traded him to the Braves along with Jair Jurrjens in the deal that sent Edgar Renteria to Detroit, and the Braves dealt him to the Pirates along with Jeff Locke and Charlie Morton to acquire Nate McLouth. More recently, Hernandez was traded from the Bucs to the Marlins along with a Competitive Balance draft pick to land Kyle Kaminska and Gaby Sanchez. Last year, he was flipped in a swap of minor leaguers, as the Royals acquired him for infielder Alex McClure.

The well-traveled Hernandez does have some big league experience under his belt, as he batted  .192/.267/.301 with three homers and seven stolen bases in 173 plate appearances between the Marlins and Pirates in 2012. The White Sox could use a bit of additional outfield depth after receiving the bad news earlier today that right fielder Avisail Garcia will miss the season due to a torn labrum in his shoulder that will require surgery.


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27 Comments on "White Sox Acquire Gorkys Hernandez"


Hills of Glenallen
1 year 4 months ago

Venezuelan Brett Jackson.

connfyoozed .
1 year 4 months ago

Gorkys must be a word that means “AAA nomad”. He simply cannot hit, but he is good depth as a defensive replacement and base runner.

Ted Matula
1 year 4 months ago

he’s going to try to fill a Jordan Danks shaped hole in the Sox minor league system

Brian Baker
1 year 4 months ago

but hey, he’s a Danks!

"Roscoe"
1 year 4 months ago

De Aza —— “HE GONE!”

Joe Orsatti
1 year 4 months ago

The White Sox should go for Bernadina. He would be a GREAT replacement for the season and could function as a back-up in the longrun

Ron Loreski
1 year 4 months ago

Why would the Reds give him up? He’s their insurance policy for Billy Hamilton.

Brian Baker
1 year 4 months ago

I’m a big fan of Hamilton, but him playing everyday and hitting leadoff is quite a stretch. He needed another year in AAA.

Hills of Glenallen
1 year 4 months ago

No amount of time in AAA will turn him in to a hitter. Another guy with legs and no bat.

connfyoozed .
1 year 4 months ago

“Joey Gathright, white courtesy phone… Joey Gathright, white courtesy phone.”

Joe Orsatti
1 year 4 months ago

Skip Schumacher could replace berny

formerdraftpick
1 year 4 months ago

Last I heard, Jermaine Dye was available.

"Roscoe"
1 year 4 months ago

I’ve always said something else was up with his abrupt retirement. 27 HRs – 81 RBI in 141 games 2009, his last year. Yeah, only hit .250. We hope Tank, Danks or any replacement hits for that avg……….no way the production.

formerdraftpick
1 year 4 months ago

Well, they low balled him in salary for the type of production he brought to the team. Dye said forget it and good luck. I don’t blame him. A shame. I think all of the fans liked him, which in itself would constitute a fan.

Brian Baker
1 year 4 months ago

RH Gregor Blanco

connfyoozed .
1 year 4 months ago

No, Blanco can hit a little bit.

formerdraftpick
1 year 4 months ago

Seems like the Pirates might be able to swing a deal with either the White Sox or Twins to fulfill the gap of injured outfielders.

CitizenLoonie
1 year 4 months ago

It’s seems Jordan’s Arizona spring was just a mirage. He was batting .182 at Charlotte.

Seth
1 year 4 months ago

So the Sox don’t want wo give Adam Dunn another shot at outfield?

"Roscoe"
1 year 4 months ago

The inning would be over before he got in position. Not to mention adding 30 minutes to the avg game time.

Seth
1 year 4 months ago

He makes up for it with his lack of disciple at the plate. All strike outs or home runs for Mr Adam Dunn

MackPCA
1 year 4 months ago

Actually, Dunn has great plate discipline. He rarely swings at pitches out of the zone and takes way more than his share of walks. He simply doesn’t have the contact skills to hit for average.

Seth
1 year 4 months ago

He’s a power hitter, he’s going to get his share of walks, that point is really not valid. Over the last 5 years alone he’s averaged 197.4 strikeouts a season. Over the last three he’s had 222, 222, 189. How’s that showing discipline?.

MackPCA
1 year 4 months ago

Plate discipline typically refers to being able to swing and strikes and take pitches out of the zone. He has that in spades. The statistics indicate he consistently is very good at not swinging at pitches out of the zone – he has a great eye at the plate and uses it to his advantage – this is why he walks. I really do not understand what point you are trying to make. Sure, he strikes out a great deal. In his case it is because of lack of contact, not lack of plate discipline. And everyone knew he would strike out a great deal when he signed and we should all expect that as he is in his decline phase (also expected) that it really isn’t going to get better as he cannot cover the fast ball as well as he used to.

connfyoozed .
1 year 4 months ago

Dunn can barely play first base anymore, and hasn’t been adequate in the outfield for 3 to 5 years now. He’s gotten too heavy and slow.

"Roscoe"
1 year 4 months ago

What does “cash considerations” mean? I hope it means, “We’ll give you some cash if he actually steps between the foul lines this year.” Kinda like “I’m the player to be named later.” – Crash Davis

Seth
1 year 4 months ago

It can mean any value of cash. Some players have been sold to another team for as low as $1.