Victor Fernandez

VICTOR FERNANDEZ, CENTERFIELDER
Born: October 17, 1994
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 175
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2014, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

At 19, Fernandez was a little on the old side when the Pirates signed him.  He’s one of the fastest players in the organization and is good defensively.  Although he’s not a big guy, he’s shown some pop, but probably doesn’t help himself by trying to pull everything.

2014
DSL:  289/407/461, 152 AB, 11 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 23 BB, 28 K, 14-19 SB

Fernandez hit well in his debut, despite a hamstring injury that cost him some time.  He showed solid power as well as good plate discipline.  He played mostly in center, but also saw a little time in the corners.

2015
R:  240/310/341, 129 AB, 8 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 BB, 32 K, 16-18 SB

Fernandez moved up to the GCL, where he was the starting right fielder, with Michael De La Cruz in center.  Fernandez just held his own at the plate, with a high strikeout rate.  He was very effective as a base stealer.

2016
R+:  314/382/450, 169 AB, 13 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 15 BB, 31 K, 12-19 SB

The Pirates moved Fernandez up to Bristol.  He played all three outfield positions, spending most of his time in left.  He was just about the only bright spot on a very bad team, making significant progress at the plate.  He destroyed LHPs to the tune of a 1.073 OPS.  He had an OPS of .699 against RHPs.  He didn’t put his speed to great use on the bases.

Fernandez will be 22 in October, so he was a little older than you’d like to see with a player still in rookie ball, even advanced rookie ball.  If the Pirates think he’s a prospect, they’ll send him to West Virginia in 2017.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2017: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2014
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
January 31, 2014: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.

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