So, there have been a lot of complaints about Hernandez that I've blindly ignored, hoping that his glove would protect him to a certain extent. Heck, I've even defended him saying that his glove would be great and his average would be above .240, but now things have changed. Yes, it is Spring Training, but things are getting a little ridiculous.
Hernandez, so far, has committed 3 errors - based on Roch's blog, today's error should have counted as two but I guess the official scorekeeper was being generous after he "misplayed Juan Pierre's sharp grounder, spun and threw the ball into the Orioles' dugout" - and may have even hurt his wrist on the play. That's not to mention that he's hit .200 so far. .200 is much worse than I was expecting. Batting averages tend to be inflated during Spring Training, hitters tend to hit better than they're projected to as pitchers make adjustments to mechanics and work on their pitches and are expected to give up some hits and some runs, but this is just nuts. What does a .200 batting average and three errors mean for a full season at short?
I've lost my faith in Louis Hernandez. I think he needs to spend a lot of time in the minors; perhaps working on his glove work as that's what he's supposed to be known for.
Now, there have been some rumors that Andy MacPhail is looking into trading for Mark Loretta to play second and spell whomever plays short on occasion, but these constant problems for Hernandez, to me, suggests that, perhaps, more needs to be done. Maybe some stopgap guys are needed. Maybe the Os need to figure out a way to ship off some of the glut of bullpen guys that are out of options for some prospects like Hu and Ian Stewart, Omar Quintanilla, or Jayson Nix (even Barmes would be a better stopgap than HernandezFaheyBynum) and...anyone else. This has gone from an issue of having a guy who is a light hitter and great fielder to a guy who can't figure out what he's doing.
I'd also say that Scott Moore, while a fantastic player and someone I think could do great things, is not the kind of guy who can step in and play second or short regularly. Perhaps if they need him for an inning or two, but outside of that, not so much. He's a corner infield/outfield guy.