Number 14 on MLB.com’s midseason top 20 prospects list for the KC Royals is the first player on the list that I have not seen play in person (the first of five players on this list). Right fielder Elier Hernandez moved up from number 18 on the list that came out prior to the 2013 season.
The young Dominican, who just turned 19 years old on November 21st, spent his second straight season with rookie level Idaho Falls. He hit .301 during the regular season, as the Chukars won the Pioneer League title.
In 66 games, Hernandez hit 15 doubles, eight triples, and three home runs. He scored 44 runs and drove in 44. However, he struck out 62 times compared to just 18 walks in 289 at-bats.
In his last ten regular season games, Hernandez had a hit in all but two and saw his seven-game hitting streak come to an end in the final regular season game. He heated up in August, hitting .360 with nine doubles and 20 RBIs in 25 games.
Unfortunately, his defense leaves alot to be desired right now at the corner outfield position. In 2012, he committed 11 errors. This season, he committed ten. He was not a part of a double play, but had four outfield assists.
Hernandez is still really young and has plenty of time to get better, but he should finally begin full season ball in Low-A Lexington for the 2014 season.