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Note: This page is for Enrique Hernandez who made his major league debut in 2014; for the player in the Cuban League in the 1960s, click here

Enrique J. Hernandez
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Utility player Enrique Hernandez made his major league debut with the Houston Astros at the beginning of July, 2014, then was traded to the Miami Marlins on the 31st.

A 6th round draft choice in the 2009 amateur draft out of Puerto Rico, he was mainly an infielder in the minor leagues after making his professional debut as a 17-year-old with the GCL Astros in 2009. He hit a solid .295 in 53 games that first year, then followed that up by hitting .280 in 60 games for the Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League in 2010. He lost half of the 2011 season to an injury, playing only 62 games for the Lexington Legends of the South Atlantic League and hitting .242; he got his first extended look in the outfield that year, playing 32 games in left field.

Enrique started the 2012 season with 100 games for the Lancaster JetHawks of the California League, where he hit .275, then was promoted to the AA Corpus Christi Hooks, playing regularly in the Texas League as a 20-year-old - one of the youngest players in the circuit. His combined batting line was .270/.314/.399 in 123 games, with second base his main position. He repeated at Corpus Christi in 2013, logging 116 games but hitting just .236 with an OBP of .297. He did show growing power, though, with 18 doubles and 13 homers. He again started the year in the Texas League in 2014, but earned a promotion after 10 games of hitting .325. He continued to hit very well with the AAA Oklahoma City 89ers, with a batting line of .337/.380/.508 in 67 games, earning him the call to the Show.

Henriquez was hitting .284 after 24 games at the time he was traded to the Marlins. He had played mainly in the outfield, with 11 starts in center and 8 in left. His first home run had come in only his second big league game, on July 2nd, a solo shot off Chris Young of the Seattle Mariners in a 5-2 loss. In the deal at the trading deadline, he accompanied P Jarred Cosart and minor leaguer Austin Wates to Miami, while three prospects - Jake Marisnick, Colin Moran and Francis Martes - headed to Houston.

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