Manager Charlie Montoyo names Hernandez the starting left fielder over Billy McKinney which shouldn’t come as a big surprise but this is a season where he needs to show improvement.
Last season was a struggle for the 26-year-old both on the field and at the plate. Hernandez wasn’t able to convert on routine plays in the outfield and seemed to be swinging in an expanded strike zone which led to 163 strikeouts which were the most for any Blue Jays batter.
The team brought in Guillermo Martinez as the new hitting coach and hopefully, he can adjust his approach at the plate. When it comes to the issues in the outfield, that probably has more to do with concentration and not letting mistakes affect his confidence.
Many will remember when Hernandez came on the scene in 2017 hitting eight home runs and 20 RBI in 26 games and he had 22 home runs and 57 RBI in 134 games in 2018. The power is there and if you mix in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Justin Smoak.