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Henry Hernandez proved good enough defensively to make pros; Saw two seasons, hit high-A

Miami Hurricanes head coach Ron Fraser took stock of his team after its elimination from the 1989 College World Series, including senior Henry Hernandez, The Miami Herald wrote.

Hernandez hit .270 on the season, but it wasn't his hitting that made Hernandez memorable, Fraser told The Herald.

Hernandez was, Fraser told The Herald, "the best defensive player I ever coached."

Hernandez soon parlayed his defense on to the pros. His pro career lasted two seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Hernandez' career began in 1989, signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent out of Miami.

At Miami, The Herald noted Hernandez' strengths and weaknesses in early February 1989, calling him "exceptional defensively but suspect offensively."

Hernandez and Miami then went out and made it to Omaha before being eliminated in a loss to LSU. Along the way, Hernandez hit a grand slam in a May win.

"We had a great season, but the last thing you do is what they remember," Hernandez told The Herald after the LSU loss. "The last thing we did is lose."

Hernandez started with the Cardinals at short-season Hamilton. He saw 35 games and hit .315.

He then started 1990 at high-A St. Petersburg, then played at single-A Springfield. That May, he showed off his defense as he started off a triple play, getting two of the outs. He picked up two hits and two RBI in another May game. Overall, Hernandez hit .197 in 82 games to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,963
Made the Majors:1,322-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,641-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:541
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329

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