Revere was enjoying the best season of his career before a broken malleolus in his right ankle ended his season prematurely. At the time of his injury, he was hitting .305/.338/.352 with no home runs and 17 RBIs. The worst part is that Revere was beginning to heat up. In his last 23 games, he was hitting .382/.409/.461 with nine RBIs.
Right around that time the Phillies moved second baseman Cesar Hernandez to centerfield in Double-A then Triple-A to try his hand in the outfield. The results? Fantastic. Hernandez was batting .309/.375/.402 with two home runs and 34 RBIs in 104 games with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. He posted a .957 fielding percentage with just two errors in 46 opportunities in centerfield with Lehigh Valley.
Hernandez, 23, was called up and has played great over the last month of the season. The Venezuelan is batting .318/.408/.379 over his last 19 games. In 16 games as a centerfielder, Hernandez is batting .333/.420/.400 with four doubles, six RBIs, and 13 runs scored. The switch hitter is also batting .250/.357/.417 with two doubles, two walks, and six RBIs with two-outs and runners in scoring position.
Coming into the year, Hernandez's future appeared to be at second base. With Chase Utley signing a contract extension in August, Hernandez's bat needs another place to be in the lineup - hence, centerfield. He's sporting a rather solid .973 fielding percentage in centerfield for the Phillies with just one error in 37 opportunities.
The question then arises: what happens when Ben Revere comes back? Hernandez could theoretically shift back to a utility role on the Phillies bench next year which wouldn't be a bad option but I don't know if it is the best option. The Phillies have a few options. First, they could keep Hernandez as a utility guy as I mentioned early. Second, they could shift Revere to right or left (depends) and leave Hernandez in centerfield. Revere manned a corner outfield spot in Minnesota when splitting centerfield time with Denard Span. Finally, they could do what was thought to be unthinkable in July, but they could trade Ben Revere and make Hernandez the starting centerfielder.
I don't know which scenario I'd rather but I do believe that Hernandez is going to be a solid, everyday Major League player. I just hope it is in Philadelphia.
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