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 opened the season at West Virginia, but suffered a hamstring injury in early April that kept him out for two months. Once he returned, he didn’t play every day and didn’t have an especially good year. He played all three outfield positions, but mostly left.
The Pirates have a lot of potentially talented outfielders who’ll be moving up from the short season teams in 2018, so Fernandez may find playing time in short supply. He’ll open the season at age 24.
|2018: 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.