Ronaldo Hernández Worcester Red Sox Catcher

       
 
Age: 25
Born: November 11, 1997
Birthplace: Arjona, Colombia
Height: 6-1
Weight: 230
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: Acquired from Tampa Bay with Nick Sogard for Chris Mazza and Jeffrey Springs (Feb. 2021)
ETA: Late 2023

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: August 9, 2014 (TB)
Signing Scout: Angel Contreras
Signing Bonus: $225,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2023
MLFA Eligible: November 2023
   
Pro Debut: July 29, 2015 (DSL Rays)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 2 days
Options Remaining: 1 (2020, 2021, 2022)
(4 option years)
Contract (2023): MiLB Contact
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @roni_jose2019

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Thick, mature frame. Sturdy catcher’s build. No remaining projection.

Hit: Starts open and utilizes a leg kick timing device. Loads high and keeps his hands up throughout. Long swing. Makes poor swing decisions. Rarely walks and approach needs a lot of work. Overly aggressive and has trouble recognizing spin. Swing gets out of sync easily, especially with his timing. Gets himself out too often by expanding the strike zone and making weak contact. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Can really impact the baseball, especially up in the zone. Records high max exit velocities. Power is mainly to the pull side; every home run in his career prior to being acquired by the Red Sox was to left or left-center. Ability to tap into raw power will depend on how his hit tool develops. Potential average in-game power, but unclear if it will actualize due to his hit tool projection.

Run: Well-below-average speed. Not a part of his game.

Field: Does not look comfortable behind the plate. Does not move well and really struggles with framing and receiving. Not a natural catcher, struggles with his glove position and getting down quickly to block balls in the dirt. Lack of mobility limits potential for improvement in the future. Potential below-average defensive profile.
  Arm: Plus-plus arm. Does a good job controlling the running game. Arm is a weapon.

Career Notes: Was an infielder before signing with the Rays, moving behind the plate after signing. Was added to the Rays 40-man roster in November 2019. Spent much of the 2020 season traveling with the Rays on the taxi squad. Acquired from the Rays in February 2021 with Nick Sogard for Jeffrey Springs and Chris Mazza. Was recalled to Boston twice in 2022 for emergency one-game stints, but did not play in either instance. Reportedly qualifies for a fourth option year in 2023. Outrighted to Worcester in December 2022. Received an invitation to 2023 Major League Spring Training.

Summation: Potential up-and-down, bat-first catcher who is the third or fourth catcher on the 40-man roster. Ceiling of a regular catcher in a timeshare if he improves his defense and approach, but the likelihood of that happening is low. Given the barrier at catcher right now, could be used there in limited opportunities if his bat warrants it. Type of defensive profile that could really benefit from the automated strike zone. Questions about his approach, hit tool, and defensive profile cloud his future projection. Needs to improve hit profile to project as a major leaguer if defense stays as-is.

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Scouting Report Update (2.19.2021)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2015 DSL Rays DSL Rk TB 17 13 44 3 10 0 1 0 4 12 3 6 0 0 0.227 0.320 0.273 0.593
  2016 DSL Rays DSL Rk TB 18 54 206 34 70 12 0 6 35 100 20 12 3 5 0.340 0.398 0.485 0.883
  2017 Princeton Rays App Rk TB 19 54 223 42 74 22 1 5 40 113 16 39 2 2 0.332 0.382 0.507 0.889
  2018 Bowling Green Hot Rods Midw A TB 20 109 405 68 115 20 1 21 79 200 31 69 10 4 0.284 0.339 0.494 0.833
  2018 Peoria Javelinas AFL Fall TB 20 4 14 5 5 0 1 0 2 7 2 1 0 0 0.357 0.438 0.500 0.938
  2019 Charlotte Stone Crabs FSL A+ TB 21 103 393 43 104 19 3 9 60 156 17 65 7 0 0.265 0.299 0.397 0.696
  2019 Salt River Rafters AFL Fall TB 21 11 39 5 14 3 0 1 5 20 2 9 0 0 0.359 0.381 0.513 0.894
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- TB 22 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Portland Sea Dogs DNE AA Bos 23 93 336 44 94 26 1 16 53 170 11 70 0 2 0.280 0.319 0.506 0.825
  2021 Worcester Red Sox TAE AAA Bos 23 7 27 1 9 3 0 0 5 12 1 7 0 0 0.333 0.400 0.444 0.844
  2021 Toros del Este LIDOM Wint --- 23 6 22 0 3 1 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 0 0.136 0.136 0.182 0.318
  2021 Tigres de Cartagena LPBC Wint --- 23 3 11 1 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 1 0 0.364 0.364 0.364 0.727
2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 24 105 410 50 107 27 0 17 63 185 21 92 0 3 0.261 0.300 0.451 0.751
  2022 Tigres de Cartagena LPBC Wint --- 24   151 31 40 12 1 8 37 78 19       0.265 0.376 0.517 0.893
  2023 TBD --- --- Bos 25     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2016 Dominican Summer League Season-End All-Star
Appalachian League Player of the Week (August 21-27, 2017)
Midwest League All-Star (2018)
Midwest League Season-End All-Star (2018)
Florida State League Player of the Week (June 10-16, 2019)
Futures Game All-Star (2019)
Florida State League Season-End All-Star (2019)
Arizona Fall League Rising Star (2019)
  SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (May 23-29, 2022)  
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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