Pirates Call Up Gorkys Hernandez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have called up Gorkys Hernandez for the weekend series against the Detroit Tigers. A move was expected after the Pirates demoted Alex Presley earlier in the week, and promoted Evan Meek. That move gave the team eight relievers in the bullpen. With the designated hitter in use this weekend, an extra bat was needed.

Hernandez is hitting for a .266/.343/.355 line in Triple-A this year over 124 at-bats. He’s been hitting well in May, with a .277/.329/.400 line.

Hernandez was originally acquired in the Nate McLouth trade about three years ago. He’s a strong defender, possibly the best defensive outfielder in the Pirates’ system. He doesn’t do much with the bat, and is mostly a singles hitter, although he can rack up a few extra base hits thanks to his speed. He has five doubles and two homers this year in Indianapolis, which is double the amount of homers he had last year.

To make room, the Pirates have optioned Evan Meek down to Triple-A.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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