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Teoscar Jose Hernandez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 180 lb.
The speedy outfielder stole 16 bases his first season and 11 the next. He hit 13 home runs with 24 stolen bases and 97 runs scored for the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2013 and in 2014, he hit 21 home runs, stole 33 bases, scored 84 runs, hit 37 doubles and had 85 RBI in 119 games between the Lancaster JetHawks and Corpus Christi Hooks. He played well for the Dominican national team in the 2015 Premier 12, hitting .333/.375/.600 with 3 runs in 4 games; in the field, he had 10 putouts, one assist and no errors. He hit a homer off Team USA's Zeke Spruill and a ground-rule double off Japan's Yasuhiro Ogawa.
He made his major league debut with the Astros on August 12, 2016, facing the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 2 for 4 that day, including a 6th-inning solo homer off Francisco Liriano in a 5-3 win. In 41 games, he hit .230 with 4 homers and 11 RBIs. He then spent all of the first half of 2017 in the minors, except for a lone appearance as a defensive substitute in the outfield on April 25th. With the Fresno Grizzlies, he played 79 games and hit .279 with 20 doubles, 12 homers and 44 RBIs. On July 31st, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with fellow OF Nori Aoki in return for the man who had given up his first big league homer, Franciso Liriano. He had a very good month of September for the Jays, hitting .261 with 8 homers and 20 RBIs in 26 games to make an excellent first impression.
In spite of his strong finish in 2017, Teoscar started the 2018 season in the minors, as the Jays preferred to go with some veteran outfielders, Curtis Granderson and Steven Pearce in left and Randal Grichuk in right. He was called up on April 13th, when the Jays placed 3B Josh Donaldson on the disabled list, and in his first start in left field that day, he went 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles to state his case once again that he was ready for regular playing time in the big leagues.
- AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2020)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (2018 & 2019)
- Matt Kelly: "Is this the secret star of Blue Jays core? Hernández is flexing his tape-measure power -- can he keep it up?", mlb.com, August 21, 2020.