Ronaldo Hernández Portland Sea Dogs Catcher

       
 
Age: 23
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: Mid 2022

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Pronunciation: -
First Pro Contract: August 9, 2014 (TB)
Signing Scout: Angel Contreras
Signing Bonus: $225,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: July 29, 2015 (DSL Rays)
Added to 40-man: November 20, 2019 (TB)
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/21): 0 days
Options Remaining: 2 (2020)
Contract (2021): $570,500
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @roni_jose2019

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Thick, mature frame. Sturdy catcher's build.

Hit: Starts open and utilizes a short leg kick timing device. Loads high and keeps his hands up throughout. Will not swing-and-miss often, but rarely walks and his approach needs work. Can be overly aggressive and has trouble recognizing spin. Has had issues with timing in the past. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Plus raw power. Can really impact the baseball, especially up in the zone. 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.

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

Field: Does not move well behind the plate. Framing and receiving need a lot of work. Potential fringe-average glove.

Arm: Plus-plus arm. Does a good job controlling the running game. Arm is a weapon.
  Career Notes: Acquired from the Rays in February 2021 with Nick Sogard for Jeffrey Springs and Chris Mazza. Spent much of the 2020 traveling with the Rays on the taxi squad. Was added to the Rays 40-man roster in November 2019. Was an infielder before signing with the Rays, moving behind the plate after signing.

Summation: Potential bat-first backup catcher, but has a wide range of outcomes and has everyday upside. Power and arm are carrying tools, but questions about his approach and hit tool and defensive profile cloud his future projection. Type of defensive profile that could really benefit from robot umps. If he can even develop into a fringe-average defender with a below-average hit tool, could be an everyday player given his power and arm.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

Links
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
  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
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- TB 22 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
   
     
    2021 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2021 Portland DNE AA Bos 23     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)
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