The Texas Rangers are about to see multiple left-handed starters over an important weekend series against the Seattle Mariners. As a result, they are reportedly calling up outfield prospect Elier Hernandez to add a right-handed bat to the lineup, according to Hector Gomez of Z101 Sports.
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Hernandez's rise to the majors is a unique one. Signed as an international free agent at the age of 16 by the Kansas City Royals in 2011, Hernandez was never able to live up to expectations that came with being a highly-ranked prospect. He stayed in the minors for eight years before being released.
The 26-year-old is shining in his second year with in the Rangers' system, though. Hernandez is slashing .295/.364/.546 across 62 games played with the Triple-A Round Rock Express in 2022. He has also racked up 40 runs scored, 11 doubles, 11 home runs, 4 triples, 35 RBI and 9 stolen bases.
What may be more exciting to Texas' coaching staff is that Hernandez's walk rate sits at 8.7% and his strikeout rate sits at 19.5%. Those are two of the best marks in his career. With catcher Mitch Garver being moved to the 60-day injured list, there is an open spot on the 40-man roster for Hernandez.
Look for Texas to make an official announcement prior to the team's Thursday night contest. The Rangers are sending ace Martin Perez to the mound opposite Seattle's Marco Gonzales. Manager Chris Woodward's team is a -126 favorite on the moneyline, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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