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Dodgers News: Austin Barnes, Enrique Hernandez Impressing Scouts



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Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

One day after Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi declared the team was not shopping All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon amid rumors he was on the block, Gordon was part of a package sent to the Miami Marlins in exchange for Austin Barnes, Chris Hatcher, Andrew Heaney and Enrique “Kiké” Hernandez.

At the time of the trade with the Marlins, Heaney, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2012 draft, was viewed as the headliner in the Dodgers’ return. However, he was then traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for Howie Kendrick; while Barnes, Hatcher and Hernandez remain on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.

With the start of Spring Training for position players just over three weeks away, Hernandez is currently playing for Puerto Rico in the Caribbean Series. Through three games, he’s batting .273/.385/.545 with two RBIs and has impressed one scout, according to Peter Gammons:

Gammons also added Barnes is another player who many are high on:

With Puerto Rico having been eliminated, Hernandez will have time for some rest before beginning Spring Training with his new team. In 42 games split between the Houston Astros and Marlins in 2014, Hernandez hit .248/.321/.421 with three home runs, 14 RBIs while playing all three outfield positions, as well as shortstop, second and third base.

Whether Hernandez will make the Dodgers’ 25-man roster by Opening Day is somewhat of unknown, though his versatility seemingly tips the scale in his favor. As such, Hernandez
told Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider he’s hoping to be a super-utility player for the Dodgers.

Whereas Hernandez will likely see time with the Dodgers in 2014, Barnes appears to be on track for another year in the Minors. Barnes is a similar mold to Hernandez in the sense that he’s capable of playing multiple positions, said at the Dodgers Fan Fest he’s open to playing catcher or the infield but will report to Spring Training with pitchers and catchers.

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