Teoscar Jose Hernández...Born on October 15, 1992 in Cotui, Dominican Republic...Signed by the Houston Astros as an 18-year-old international free agent on February 17, 2011...His favorite player growing up was Hall of Fame outfielder Vladimir Guerrero.
Won a Silver Slugger Award, becoming the first Blue Jay to claim one since Josh Donaldson in 2016, and the first Toronto outfielder to do so since Jose Bautista in 2014...Among AL hitters, ranked T-5th in home runs (16), 7th in slugging (.579), 7th in OPS (.919), T-9th in total bases (110) and T-16th in extra-base hits (23)...his 11.88 AB/HR rate was 4th highest in the AL (T-6th in MLB)...Tied with Alex Verdugo for 1st in the Majors with seven outfield assists...Nominated for the Hank Aaron Award as Toronto’s top hitter, one of seven AL batters to receive such a nod...Named to The Sporting News AL All-Star team...His .416 AVG on fastballs was 5th highest in MLB (4th in the AL), while his .650 AVG when ahead in the count led the Majors...Put together a then career-high 10-game hitting streak from Sept. 17, 2019-July 14, 2020...went 13-for-37 (.351) with four doubles, one triple, four homers and 11 RBI over that span (.838 SLG)...Recorded his 3rd career leadoff home run on July 27 at WAS...added another long-ball in the 5th for his 7th career multi-HR game...Hit a pair of solo homers on July 30 vs. WAS, becoming the 1st player in 2020 with two multi-HR games...Belted his team-leading 5th home run on Aug. 12 vs. MIA...the 466-foot blast was the longest of his career (450 feet on July 29, 2019 at KC)...Hit his 6th and 7th home runs for his 9th career multi-HR game (3rd in 2020) on Aug. 14 vs. TB...homered in consecutive games for the 9th time...his three multi-homer games tied with five others for 2nd most in 2020 (José Ramírez - 4)...Recorded a career-best 15-game hitting streak from Aug. 20 (G1)-Sept. 3...was the longest hitting streak by a Blue Jay in 2020 and the 4th longest in the AL (T-7th in MLB)...went 19-for-52 (.365) with 14 runs scored, a double, six home runs and 11 RBI (1.190 OPS) over that stretch...Hit his 8th home run, his 6th vs. an NL team, during Game 2 of a doubleheader on Aug. 20 vs. PHI...Slugged a solo shot on Aug. 21 at TB, homering in consecutive games for the 2nd time in 2020 and the 10th time in his career...Notched his 10th home run on Aug. 23 at TB, joining Carlos Delgado (2001) as the only batters in club history to hit 10 home runs in the team’s first 26 games of a season...also walked three times to tie a career-high and stole two bases in a game for the 1st time in his career...became the 1st player in franchise history to record a home run, three walks and two stolen bases in the same game...Hit his 12th home run on Aug. 28 vs. BAL to tie José Abreu for the AL lead at the time...Went 2-for-5 on Aug. 30 vs. BAL, including the walk-off two-RBI single in the 9th...Gave Toronto a 5-2 lead with a three-run homer in the 10th inning on Sept. 3 at BOS...was his 2nd career extra-inning homer (also July 27, 2017 vs. TB)...finished 2-for-4 with a walk to extend his career-long hitting streak to 15 games...Belted his 14th home run on Sept. 5 at BOS, moving into a temporary tie for the MLB lead (Mike Trout hit his 15th later in the night)...became the 2nd player in club history with 14 homers in the team’s first 39 games of a season, joining Carlos Delgado (16 in 2001)...Placed on the injured list with a left oblique strain from Sept. 6-15...Among AL hitters at the time of his injury, ranked T-2nd in home runs (14), 3rd in SLG (.637), 3rd in OPS (.995), 3rd in total bases (93), T-5th in hits (45), T-7th in extra-base hits (20) and 12th in AVG (.308)...In Game 2 of a doubleheader on Sept. 18 at PHI, hit his first home run since his IL stint, becoming the 10th MLB player to reach the 15-homer mark...Connected for his 16th home run on Sept. 20 at PHI, tying him for 3rd most in MLB at the time...Made his postseason debut in Game 1 of the ALWC at TB and reached base on a walk...singled in Game 2 for his 1st career playoff hit.
Set career highs in home runs (26), RBI (65), walks (45) and stolen bases (6)...Hit his 1st home run of the season on April 15 at MIN, a three-run blast to give the Jays a 5-3 win...Was the 13th go-ahead home run of his career (35th overall)...On April 16 at MIN, ended the game for a 6-5 win with an outfield assist, his 2nd of the night...Marked his 2nd career game with multiple assists (also May 3, 2018 at CLE)...Marked the 8th time in franchise history that a runner was thrown out at home to seal a victory (last: Aug. 13, 2012 vs. TB)...Connected for his 2nd home run of the season while recording the 100th RBI of his career on April 18 at MIN...Optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on May 16...Recalled on June 5...Hit .253 (19-for-75) with six extra-base hits and 11 RBI in 19 games for the Bisons (.793 OPS)...On June 7 vs. ARI, recorded his 4th home run of the season and his 1st since May 10 vs. CWS...Homered twice on June 16 at HOU...Marked his 3rd career multi-HR game, also doing so twice in September of 2017... The four-RBI effort marked a season high...Belted two homers on July 17 at BOS for his 4th career multi-HR game...Also homered in consecutive games for the 6th time in his career...Gave him nine home runs and 22 RBI in 20 career games at Fenway Park...His first dinger of the night travelled 442 feet for the longest hit home run of his career, surpassing his shot from a night earlier by 12 inches...On July 27 vs. TB, followed up a Brandon Drury blast with one of his own for Toronto's 8th set of back-to-back homers… Then won the game in the 12th inning with his 1st career walk-off home run, which was also his 1st career extra-inning home run...Marked his 5th career multi-HR game...Notched his 8th home run of the month on July 29 at KC to tie a career high (also Sept., 2017)...Recorded his 6th career multi-HR game and team-leading 4th multi-HR effort of the season on Aug. 9 vs. NYY...His four multi-homer games in 2019 tied for 9th most among AL hitters...Hit his 18th home run of the season and his 4th go-ahead blast on Aug. 10 vs. NYY…Homered in consecutive games for the 7th time in his career and 2nd time in the season...Connected for his 19th home run on Aug. 13 vs. TEX, giving him 15 home runs in 43 games since June 16, tied for 5th most in the AL over that stretch...Notched his 20th home run of the campaign on Aug. 24 at SEA, reaching the 20-HR mark in cosecutive seasons (22 in 2018)...Belted a two-run blast for his 22nd homer of the year on Sept. 11 vs. BOS...Gave him 12 career homers and 28 RBI vs. Boston, his most vs. any opponent...Set a new career high with his 23rd homer (22 in 2018) on Sept. 18 at BAL...Drove in three runs to bring his season total to 58 RBI, also a new high (57 in 2018)...Extended his career high in home runs to 24 with a two-run shot on Sept. 27 vs. TB...Also drew his 42nd walk for a new personal best (41 in 2018)...Hit his 2nd career leadoff home run on Sept. 28 vs. TB (also Sept. 24, 2017 vs. NYY)...Reached the 25-HR mark for the 1st time...Connected for his career-high 26th home run on Sept. 29 vs. TB...Homered in three consecutive games for the 2nd time in his career (also Sept. 22-24, 2017)...Gave him 18 home runs after the All-Star break, tied for 11th among AL batters...Ended the campaign with a nine-game hitting streak to tie a career-long (also April 25-May 3, 2018), batting .353 (12-for-34) with three doubles, a triple, four home runs and 10 RBI over that stretch (.853 SLG, 1.289 OPS)...Posted a .961 OPS over his last 59 contests (11-2B, 1-3B, 18 HR, 38 RBI), 13th best in the AL during that span.
Had 58 of his 114 hits go for extra bases (29-2B, 7-3B, 22-HR)... His 50.9% XBH rate was 7th highest in MLB ... Slugged .711 on inside pitches, 2nd best in MLB (MLB avg: .451) ... His seven triples were the most by a Blue Jay since Alex Rios had eight in 2008 ... Finished 2nd on the team with 223 total bases (Justin Smoak-231) ... Recorded 11 outfield assists, 3rd most in the AL (Andrew Benintendi-12, Mitch Haniger-12) ... Was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo to start the season ... Recalled to the Blue Jays from the Bisons on April 13 and made his season debut that night in Cleveland... Went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI ... Went 4-for-6 on April 18 vs. KC for his 1st career four-hit game...Finished a double shy of a cycle...Hit his 1st career triple... Hit his 1st home run of the season, after connecting for eight in 2017 ... On April 22 at NYY, belted the 3rd home run in his last five games...Was his 30th RBI since joining the Jays on Sept. 1, 2017, the most on the team over that time ... Connected for his 4th home run of the year on April 29 vs. TEX…Hit 12 home runs in his first 40 games as a Blue Jay - tied for 2nd most in team history (Tony Batista-13, Troy Glaus-12) ... Put together a career-long nine-game hitting streak from April 25-May 3 (G1) ... On May 9 vs. SEA, hit his 6th home run and also singled and doubled, leading off the 1st, 4th and 6th innings with a hit... Marked his 4th career 3+ hit effort and his 2nd of the season (4H on April 18 vs. KC) ... Hit a triple after Devon Travis tripled on May 28 at BOS, forming Toronto's first back-to-back triples since July 27, 2012 at DET (Brett Lawrie/Omar Vizquel) ... Notched his 9th home run of the season on June 5 vs. NYY to mark a new career high (eight in 2017) ... Had a four-game RBI streak (6RBI) from June 8-11, his longest of the season and the 2nd longest of his career (6G: Sept. 22-27, 2017) ... On June 9 vs. BAL, hit his 5th triple of the season in his 190th at-bat, matching the team's entire total from 2017 (5,499 AB) ... Tied a career high with four hits on Aug. 3 at SEA (also April 18 vs. KC), including three doubles for his 1st career 3-XBH game ... Homered in consecutive games for the 4th time in his career on Aug. 8 and 9 vs. BOS... Gave him eight home runs and 20 RBI in 20 career games vs. BOS ... Hit his 19th homer on Sept. 2 at MIA... Ended a 17-game homerless drought, his longest since joining the Jays ... Reached the 20-HR mark for the 1st time in his career on Sept. 9 vs. CLE ... Homered in back-to-back games for the 3rd time of the season on Sept. 28 and 29 at TB.
Started the year with Triple-A Fresno...Was called up to Houston on April 25 and made his season debut as a defensive replacement in right field (no at-bats)...Was placed on the DL the next day with a bruised left knee ... Came off the DL on May 14 and was sent to Fresno where he hit .279 with 20-2B, 3-3B and 12-HR over 79 games ... Acquired from the Astros with OF Norichika Aoki in exchange for LHP Francisco Liriano on July 31 and assigned to Triple-A Buffalo where he hit .221 in 25 games (6-HR, 22-RBI, 4-SB, .811 OPS) ... Recalled from the Bisons on Sept. 1 and made his Toronto debut that night in Baltimore (1-for-4, 2B, BB) ... Went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI on Sept. 10 vs. DET, his 1st career multi-homer game...Became the 4th Toronto rookie all-time with at least 2-HR and 5-RBI in a game...The others were Carlos Delgado (April 11, 1994 at OAK), Felipe Lopez (Sept. 4, 2001 vs. NYY), and J.P. Arencibia (April 1, 2011 vs. MIN)...Became the 13th rookie in Blue Jays history to collect 5-RBI in a game (last: Anthony Gose on Sept. 8, 2012 at BOS) ... Put together a six-game RBI streak from Sept. 22-27, the longest by a Blue Jay in 2017...Hit .346 (9-for-26) with a double, six home runs and 11 RBI over that span ... Homered for the 3rd consecutive game on Sept. 24 vs. NYY, becoming the 1st Toronto rookie all-time to do so ... Recorded his 2nd career multi-HR game on Sept. 26 at BOS...Became the 1st Toronto rookie all-time to record two multi-HR games in a single month and the 8th different Toronto rookie to record two multi-HR games in a season (last: Arencibia - 2011) ... Hit a two-run home run with two outs in the 9th on Sept. 27 at BOS...Marked his third consecutive first-pitch HR...Extended his Blue Jays rookie-record HR total for September to eight, which tied for the 2nd-most by a Toronto rookie in any month in club history (Cruz Jr.-9 in August, 1997; Delgado-8 in April, 1994)...Drove in his 19th and 20th runs of September, setting a new record for the most RBI in September by a Blue Jays rookie (Josh Phelps-19 in 2002)...Was his 6th straight game with an extra-base hit to join Steve Staggs (7), Shannon Stewart (6) and Bob Bailor (6) as the only Toronto rookies to have an XBH in six or more consecutive games ... Went 23-for-88 (.261) with 16-R, 6-2B, 8-HR, 20-RBI and 6-BB in 26 games as a Blue Jay (.305 OBP, .908 OPS).
Posted a .420 slugging percentage in what was his first Major League season...11 of his 23 hits went for extra bases (7 doubles and 4 homers)...his slugging percentage ranked 10th among AL rookies with at least 40 games played...made 38 appearances and 28 starts in the outfield for the Astros this season...made 13 starts in left field, 10 in center field and five in right field...became the fifth player in club history to post three HR within his first 10 games in the Majors, joining J.D. Martinez (4), Tyler White, Carlos Correa and Jon Singleton...also joined Joe Morgan as the only players in franchise history to record a three walk contest within a player's first nine career games in the Majors...opened his season with Double A Corpus Christi and was named a Midseason and Postseason Texas League All-Star for his work with the Hooks...was with the Hooks for 69 games before being promoted to Triple A Fresno on June 30...was with the Grizzlies for only 38 games...had his contract selected by the Astros on Aug. 12, where he remained through the end of the season...went 2x4 with a walk and a solo homer off of Francisco Liriano for his first Major League hit...became the fifth player in franchise history to homer in his first Major League game joining Jon Singleton (6/3/14 vs. LAA), Mark Saccomanno (9/8/08 vs. PIT), Dave Matranga (6/27/03 vs. TEX) and Ken Caminiti (7/16/87 vs. PHI)...broke up Carlos Martinez's no-hit bid with a double down the LF line to lead off the 6th inning on Aug. 17 vs. STL...was his first career double...recorded a career-high three hits on Aug. 19 at BAL...also recorded three RBI and three runs scored... became only one of nine rookies in franchise to record these numbers in a single game...the last to do so was Carlos Correa, who accomplished this three times in 2015...finished the season riding a career long four-game hitting streak from Sept. 28- Oct. 2...split his 2016 minor league season at the Double A and Triple A levels, combining to hit .307 (130x423) with 28 doubles, 10 home runs, 53 RBI and a .377 OBP in 107 games en route to being named a MiLB.com Organization All-Star...played his last 38 minor league games at Triple A Fresno, hitting .313 (45x144).
Entered the season ranked as the Astros No. 9 prospect by Baseball America...had a down year in a full season at Double A Corpus Christi, hitting .219 (103x470) with 17 homers and 48 RBI...played primarily center field (77gs), but did make 37 starts in right field...following the season, was eligible for the 2015 Rule 5 Draft, but was left unprotected by the Astros...played Winter Ball in the Dominican, hitting .275 (11x40) with a homer and four RBI in 17 games.
Posted his highest single-season OPS of his career (.897), while splitting time at Class A Lancaster (96g) and at Corpus Christi (23g)...combined to hit .292 (142x486) with 37 doubles, nine triples, 21 home runs, 85 RBI and 33 stolen bases at the two levels...named a California League Midseason and Postseason All-Star for his work at Lancaster...also named an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com...began his season at Lancaster and played for the JetHawks for four months before his promotion to Corpus Christi on Aug. 4...following the season, played for the Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League and hit .228 (18x79) with 12 RBI in 34 games.
Played his entire season at Class A Quad Cities...led the Midwest League in runs scored (97) and ranked second in outfield assists (14)...named the Quad Cities Player of the Month for April after hitting .297 (27x91) with seven doubles, three triples, 12 RBI and eight stolen bases in the month...played his first season for the Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League and appeared in 23 games.
Combined to hit .243 (49x202) with 13 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 11 stolen bases in 59 games with the GCL Astros (51g) and for Class A Lexington...debuted stateside for the GCL Astros in June and appeared in 51 games before a late-season promotion to Lexington on Aug. 25...while with the Astros, named the club's Defensive Player of the Month for August.
In his first professional season, was named the DSL Astros Team MVP after posting an .847 OPS with a .274 (62x226) batting average, 13 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 35 RBI and 16 steals...finished fourth in the DSL in triples and fifth in home runs...was also named the DSL Astros Offensive Player of the Month for July after hitting .298 (25x84) with six doubles, three triples, five home runs and 19 RBI in 22 games.