VICTOR FERNANDEZ, CENTERFIELDER
|Born: October 17, 1994
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2014, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
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.
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.
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.
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.
|2017: Minor League Contract|
|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
|January 31, 2014: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.