One of the top prospects in the 2014 international class, the toolsy Hernandez received a $1.85 million bonus from the Mariners shortly after the July 2 signing period began. He made his organizational debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2015 and earned All-Star honors there the following year before opening the '17 season in the Class A Short Season Northwest League. It was there where Hernandez was stationed when the Marlins acquired him and right-handers Brandon Miller, Pablo Lopez and Lukas Schiraldi from Seattle in July in exchange for David Phelps.
Hernandez has promising tools that he's still learning to apply. He tried switch-hitting during his pro debut before scrapping it at the request of the Mariners and hitting exclusively from his natural side in 2016. A line-drive hitter with good bat speed, he makes consistent contact to all fields, though the quality of said contact is underwhelming. He's shown little in the way of power to begin his career, though scouts do believe he'll start to clear more fences as he grows into his projectable frame. Hernandez's speed translates well in center field, where he profiles as a future plus defender with plenty of range and a plus arm.
Though Hernandez likely will need time to refine his all-around game and come into his own as a player, he has the raw tools needed to develop into a Major Leaguer. Hernandez's development at the plate in the coming years should help to bring his ultimate ceiling into focus, but it goes without saying that the Marlins, much like Seattle, believe it could be considerable.
CF Brayan Hernandez assigned to Jupiter Hammerheads from Clinton LumberKings.
CF Brayan Hernandez assigned to Clinton LumberKings from Batavia Muckdogs.
CF Brayan Hernandez assigned to Batavia Muckdogs from Marlins Extended Spring Training.
CF Brayan Hernandez assigned to Marlins Extended Spring Training from Clinton LumberKings.
CF Brayan Hernandez assigned to Clinton LumberKings from Jupiter Hammerheads.
CF Brayan Hernandez assigned to Jupiter Hammerheads from Batavia Muckdogs.
CF Brayan Hernandez assigned to Batavia Muckdogs from Greensboro Grasshoppers.
Greensboro Grasshoppers sent OF Brayan Hernandez on a rehab assignment to GCL Marlins.
OF Brayan Hernandez assigned to Greensboro Grasshoppers from Batavia Muckdogs.
OF Brayan Hernandez assigned to Batavia Muckdogs.
Miami Marlins traded RHP David Phelps to Seattle Mariners for RHP Brandon Miller, CF Brayan Hernandez, RHP Lukas Schiraldi and RHP Pablo Lopez.
CF Brayan Hernandez assigned to Everett AquaSox from Tacoma Rainiers.
CF Brayan Hernandez assigned to Tacoma Rainiers from AZL Mariners.
CF Brayan Hernandez assigned to AZL Mariners from DSL Mariners1.
OF Brayan Hernandez assigned to DSL Mariners1 from AZL Mariners.
OF Brayan Hernandez assigned to AZL Mariners from DSL Mariners1.
Brayan Hernandez assigned to DSL Mariners2.
OF Brayan Hernandez assigned to DSL Mariners.
DSL Mariners activated OF Brayan Hernandez.
Seattle Mariners signed free agent OF Brayan Hernandez to a minor league contract.