Finally, Felix Doubront is out of the picture. Let’s hope it’s for good.
Doubront is back in the news because, five months later, the Sox have named minor-league shortstop Marco Hernandez as the last piece in the deal that sent Doubront to the Cubs. According to Ben Cherington, the 22-year-old Hernandez, who hit .270 last season at High-A Daytona, will be moving up to Double-A Portland in 2015.
At a slender 6’0”, 170 lbs., one of the Dominican Republic native Hernandez’s best attributes is his speed. Over the last two minor league seasons, he’s racked up 10 triples and 43 stolen bases. But Hernandez, who hits from the left side, still hasn’t shown the ability to consistently get on base or minimize his mistakes in the field. From 2012-2014, Hernandez averaged a little over 30 errors per season. He also struck out 90 times and had just 30 walks in 2014.
Hernandez is clearly a project, but at least he’s a work in progress that has a shot at working out for the Sox. His transition to Double-A ball will be telling. If he can adjust to the next level and hone his skills as a speedster, Hernandez might just eventually become more valuable to the Sox than a certain mediocre left-hander who he’ll forever be associated with.