The Miami Marlins continued their free-trading ways Tuesday afternoon, sending first baseman Gaby Sanchez and minor league pitcher Kyle Kaminska to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for outfield prospect Gorkys Hernandez and a pick in the new "competitive balance draft lottery' for 2013. Here's a scouting profile of the newest Marlin.
Gorkys Hernandez, OF: Prospect watchers should be familiar with Hernandez, who has been showing up on prospect lists since Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton.
Hernandez is still just 24 years old, but has been stalled in the high minors since 2009. Originally signed by the Tigers, this is his third trade. He was hitting .257/.353/.346 with 34 walks, 64 strikeouts, and 13 steals in 237 at-bats for Triple-A Indianapolis in the International League. He also played 25 games for the Pirates earlier this year, going 2-for-24 (.154) with five strikeouts, though he did steal a pair of bases.
Hernandez doesn't have a strong bat. He lacks power, and while he'll draw an occasional walk, he hasn't shown any real offensive skill growth and doesn't use his speed well on the bases. Scouts haven't wanted to give up on him due to his excellent defense: he's one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, with range and arm strength well above standard norms. He is listed at 6-0, 190, a right-handed hitter, born on September 7th, 1987 in Venezuela.
It seems unlikely that Hernandez will hit enough to earn a regular job, but he could have a future as a reserve due to his glove.
Kyle Kaminska, RHP: Kaminska was a 25th round pick in 2007 from high school in Illinois. He has a 5.20 ERA this year split between Double-A and Triple-A, with a 44/9 K/BB ratio in 54 innings, allowing 75 hits. He throws strikes, but lacks the plus stuff to consistently put away hitters.
Kaminska is 6-4, 180 pounds, born October 5th, 1988. His fastball isn't especially fast at 88-90 MPH, and he mixes it with a non-overpowering slider. At this point, he's basically a guy who can eat some innings in the upper minors, although the fact that he throws strikes so readily at least gives him a skill to build on.