Full name is Enrique J. (Kiké) Hernández...Nickname is pronounced “KEE-kay”...Married his wife, Mariana, in 2018...They had their first child, Penélope Isabel, on 1/15/21...Attended American Military Academy in Puerto Rico...His godfather is Jorge Posada’s father...His father, Enrique Sr., was a part-time scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates and used to coach with Caguas in Puerto Rico...Was a bat boy with Caguas, which is how he met Alex Cora, a player for the club at the time... At 10 years old, Kiké would take ground balls and play catch with the players when he could...Appeared as himself in an episode of the popular soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful on 9/12/16. His favorite sport growing up was volleyball, but his dad told him he had a better chance of playing professional baseball.
In 93 games for the Red Sox, hit .222 (80-for-361) with six HR, 45 RBI, and a .629 OPS. Missed 60 games on the Injured List due to a right hip flexor strain from 6/8-8/15 (see box above). Primarily appeared in CF (80 G, 77 GS) while also spending time at 2B (11, 10) and SS (10, four). Batted leadoff in 43 games while also hitting from the second (three), fourth (one), fifth (eight), sixth (five), seventh (17), eighth (12) and ninth (four) spots in the order. Led the Sox in AVG with RISP (.316, 31-for-98) (min. 100 PA with RISP). On 9/6, agreed with BOS to a one-year contract extension through the 2023 season.
In his first season with the Red Sox, set career highs in hits (127), runs (84), doubles (35), XBH (58), walks (61), and at-bats (508)...Hit .250 with 20 HR and a .786 OPS...According to Baseball-Reference, was tied with Xander Bogaerts for the team lead in WAR (4.9)...Made 93 starts in CF, 47 at 2B and four at SS...Batted leadoff in 118 of his 144 starts...Posted a .286 AVG with a .901 OPS in the first inning (8 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR)...Hit 20+ HR for the second time in his career (21 in 2018)...Ranked T-9th in the AL in doubles (35)...Recorded the two longest on-base streaks of his career...Reached safely in 17 consecutive games from 6/26-7/17 and in 16 consecutive games from 8/8-26... Made his sixth consecutive Opening Day roster (2016-21)...Led off the bottom of the first inning on Opening Day with a single (4/2 vs. BAL)...It had been 13 years since a Red Sox player recorded a hit in the team’s first PA of the season (Dustin Pedroia in 2008)...Became the fourth player born in Puerto Rico to bat leadoff for the Red Sox in the team’s season opener, joining Wil Cordero (1996), Luis Alicea (1995) and Juan Beniquez (1975)...Hit hi seventh career leadoff HR on Patriots’ Day (4/19 vs. CWS)...Is one of two Red Sox players with a leadoff HR on Patriots’ Day, joining Ellis Burks in 1988 vs. TEX...Hit a team-high nine HR over 25 games from 6/20-7/21, after hitting 0 HR in his previous 23 games...Are his most HR in any 25-game span during his career...Reached base safely in a career-best 17 consecutive games from 6/26-7/17 (.408 OBP, 16-for-60, 12 BB)...Hit three leadoff HR in a span of five days: 6/27 vs. NYY (Gerrit Cole), 6/28 vs. KC (Danny Duffy), and 7/1 vs. KC (Kris Bubic)...Become the 1st Red Sox player ever to hit three3 leadoff HR in a span of five days...Had 10 consecutive hits go for extra bases from 7/9-23...Became the first Red Sox player in the expansion era (1961-pres.) have 10 straight hits go for extra bases, all from the leadoff spot...Prior to Hernández, the most recent Red Sox who had 10 consecutive hits go for extra bases were Jackie Bradley Jr. (2015), David Ortiz (2014), and J.D. Drew (2008)...Hit a season-high 2 HR on 7/19 at TOR...Reached base safely in 49 of his 52 games from 6/26-8/26 (.407 OBP)...Missed 11 games on the COVID-19 Related IL (8/27-9/7)...Hit .283 with an .896 OPS in his final 13 games of the season (9/18-10/3)...Hit a go-ahead two-run HR in the 9th inning on 10/2 at WSH, giving the Sox a 3-1 lead.
POSTSEASON: Started each of the Sox’ 11 games (10 in CF, 1 at 2B)...Led MLB in XBH (10) and total bases (41) and was tied for the lead in HR (5, 3 others)...Also ranked among leaders in AVG (5th, .408), SLG (3rd, .837), OPS (2nd, 1.260), hits (3rd, 20), doubles (T-2nd, 4), and runs scored (T-8th, 9)...Recorded five hits in Game 2 of the ALDS at TB and four hits in Game 1 of the ALCS at HOU...The only other players with multiple 4-hit games in a single Postseason are Albert Pujols (3 in 2011), Robin Yount (2 in 1982), George Brett (2 in 1985), and Eddie Rosario (2 in 2021)...Set the Red Sox record for most XBH in a single Postseason (10) and tied the record for most HR (5)...His 41 total bases are the 2nd-most by a Red Sox player in a single Postseason (David Ortiz-42 in 2004)...Hit three HR in the ALCS vs. HOU, tied for the most by a Red Sox in an ALCS...The others to do so were Trot Nixon (2003), David Ortiz (2004), Kevin Youkilis (2007), Dustin Pedroia (2008), and Rafael Devers (2021)...Recorded a hit in seven consecutive plate appearances spanning Games 2 and 3 of the ALDS vs. TB (see table on next page)...Hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the ALDS, clinching the Sox’ series win...Tied the Sox record for most XBH in a single Postseason series with five in the ALDS (see table on next page)...His nine hits in the ALDS are tied for the 2nd-most by a Red Sox in a Division Series (Mike Stanley-10 in 1999, Jacoby Ellsbury-9 in 2013)...Went 4-for-5 with two HR in Game 1 of the ALCS...Hit a solo HR in the third and 9th innings...Also made a diving catch in CF for the final out of the 2nd inning, stranding the bases loaded.
Made 22 starts at 2B, three in LF, three in RF, two in CF and two at SS...also appeared in two games at 1B and two at DH...With RISP, hit .344 (11-for-32) with three HR and 17 RBI...On Opening Day (7/23 vs. SF), went 4-for-5 with a career-high 5 RBI, one HR, and two runs scored...became the first Dodger since Raul Mondesi (1999) to record 4+ hits and 4+ RBI on Opening Day (also Rick Monday, 1978)...Over his last 15 games of the season (beginning 9/3), hit .279 with a .838 OPS (12-for-43, 4 2B, 2 HR)...Appeared in 17 postseason games (five starts) for the World Series champions...hit two HR in the NLCS against the Braves (Game 1 and Game 7)...In Game 7 of the NLCS, hit a game-tying, pinch-hit HR in the bottom of the 6th inning...it marked only the 2nd pinch-hit HR in a Game 7 of any series in postseason history (also Troy O’Leary, 2003 NLCS).
Slashed .237/.304/.411 with 57 runs, 19 doubles, a triple, 17 home runs and a career-high 64 RBI in 130 games ... Became the fifth Dodger to hit two homers on Opening Day, joining Roy Campanella (1954), Raul Mondesi (1995 and 1999), Yasmani Grandal (2017) and Joc Pederson (2019)…matched career-highs in homers (2) and runs scored (3) and marked his fourth career multi-homer game (last, 6/24/18 at NYM) ... Played the majority of the season at second base, where he posted a .980 fielding percentage (5 E/589.1 INN) across a career-high 85 games (63 starts) at the position…ranked 16th among all second basemen (min. 550 INN) in fielding percentage and second in the NL with eight total zone runs as a second baseman…turned in a perfect fielding mark across 47 games (28 starts) in the outfield, including 20 games in center field, 17 games in right and 10 games in left…saw action in 11 games (six starts) at shortstop with two starts at first and one at third ...hit his second career grand slam in the seventh inning on June 18 against San Francisco (last: September 26, 2014 at WAS) and tied a career-best four RBI...launched his first of two, three-run, pinch-hit homers on May 27 vs. New York (NL) and later, June 27 at Colorado, to mark his fifth and sixth career pinch-hit homers…notched a career-high four hits and RBI, apiece, while matching a career-high in homers (2) for the second time this season on July 18 at Philadelphia…on Aug. 22 against Toronto, tabbed his first career walk-off hit with a RBI single in the ninth for the team's 12th walk-off victory and second in as many nights…finished the second half slashing .277/.345/.415 with 36 hits, nine doubles, three homers and 21 RBI over 44 games...from June 30 to Sept. 29, went 43-for-153 (.281) and collected a hit in 31 of 51 games, including 10 multi-hit performances with 15 extra-base knocks and 23 RBI…combined for eight doubles, four homers and 19 RBI at a .344/.412/.567 clip over 30 games between July and August…led the team in average, OBP and ranked third in slugging, tied for fifth in doubles and seventh in homers and RBI (min. 30 G) during the span…appeared in three Postseason games and slashed .429/.500/1.000 with a trio of hits and RBI, including a pinch-hit double in Game 3 and home run in Game 5…placed on the 10-day injured list on July 29 with a left-hand sprain…made a rehab assignment with AZL Dodgers Mota and Lasorda from Aug. 16-17 before rejoining the club on Aug. 20.
Set career-highs in games played (145), runs (67), hits (103), triples (3, tied w/ 2014), home runs (21), RBI (52), walks (50), stolen bases (3, tied w/ 2017) and extra-base hits (41) in his fourth season with Los Angeles… also posted a .256/.336/.470 slash line with 17 doubles ... Posted a combined .984 overall fielding percentage (5 E/961.0 INN)…according to STATS, LLC, he was the first Dodger in franchise history to play every position (not counting catcher) in a season and was one of three players in 2018 in the Major Leagues to play every position (not counting catcher) ... Appeared defensively in center field (63 G, 44 GS - .989 FPCT), right field (19 G, 7 GS - 1.000 FPCT), left field (18 G, 5 GS - 1.000 FPCT), shortstop (22 G, 17 GS , .983 FPCT), second base (41 G, 22 GS , 989 FPCT), third base (9 G, 2 GS , .800 FPCT) and first base (8 G, 7 GS - 1.000 FPCT), while also making one pitching appearance ... Made his first career pitching appearance on July 24, 2018 at Philadelphia ... Posted a .260/.335/.445 slash line against left-handed pitchers, while slashing .252/.338/.495 against righties…hit 12 of 21 home runs against right-handed pitchers ... At home, hit .287 with 10 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs, 29 RBI and a .916 OPS, compared to a .227 batting average on the road…his OPS at home ranked the 11th best in the National League among hitters with 200 or more plate appearances ... Finished the year slashing .349/.429/.548 with 26 runs, nine doubles, two triples, four homers and 15 RBI in his final 46 games after the beginning of August…during that span, his batting average ranked the third best in the Majors (min. 150 PA)…his .976 OPS ranked ninth in the Majors ... Appeared in 15 postseason games for the Dodgers, going 5-for-41 (.122) with three runs, two homers and three RBI.
In his third season with the Dodgers, he set career-best marks in games (140), runs (46), hits (64), doubles (24), home runs (11), RBI (37), walks (41) and stolen bases (3)...posted a .215 batting average (64-for297), while 37 of his 64 hits this season were extra-base hits (24 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR)...Appeared at every position except for pitcher and catcher, as he posted a combined .972 fielding percentage (6 E/682.2 IP)...played 34 games (16 GS - .97 7 fielding pct.) in center field, 28 games (12 GS - 1.000) in left field, 18 games (15 GS - 1.000) in right field, 24 games (16 GS - .959) at shortstop, 14 games (8 GS - .955) at third base, nine games (2 GS - .941) at second base and three games (2 GS - 1.000) at first base...according to STATS, LLC, he is the first Dodger in franchise history to make at least two starts at every position but pitcher and catcher...Posted a .270 (41-for-152)/.367/.579 slashline with 13 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 27 RBI against left-handed pitchers...finished the season with the 11th best slugging percentage and 15th best OPS against left-handers in the NL...Belted a career-high tying two home runs on July 16 at Chicago-AL, recording his second career multi-homer game (also: April 15, 2016 vs. SF)... In 13 Postseason games, he slashed .320 (8-for-25)/.452/.720 with three home runs and eight RBI...stroked his first three career Postseason home runs in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs, becoming the first Dodger to belt three homers in a single Postseason game and just the 11th Dodger to record a multi-homer game in a Postseason contest...stroked a grand slam in the third inning, becoming just the fourth Dodger in franchise history to hit a grand slam in a Postseason game, joining James Loney (2008 NLDS, G1), Ron Cey (197 7 NLCS, Game 1) and Dusty Baker (197 7 NLCS, Game 2)...according to Elias, he is also just the fifth player in big league history to hit three homers in a series-clinching Postseason win, joining Babe Ruth (1928 World Series), Reggie Jackson (197 7 World Series), Adam Kennedy (2002 ALCS), and Adrian Beltre (2011 ALDS)...drove in seven runs in that game, which is a new single-game record for a League Championship Series contest and also tied Troy O'Leary (1999 ALDS) for the most in a series-clincher (source: Elias Sports Bureau)...Prior to the beginning of the season, he joined Team Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, going 4-for-15 (.267) with one run, one triple and two RBI in six games...the team lost in the finals at Dodger Stadium against Team U.S.A.
Batted .190 with eight doubles, seven home runs and 18 RBI in 109 games with Los Angeles...Posted a combined .982 fielding percentage, appearing in games at left field (41 G, 22 GS), center field (22 G, 16 GS), right field (7 G, 1 GS), third base (5 GS, 1 GS), second (11 GS, 5G) and shortstop (2 G, 1 GS)…recorded four outfield assists this season... Registered his first career multi-home run game on April 15 against the Giants, slugging his first career leadoff home run in the first inning and a solo shot in the third, both off of Madison Bumgarner…also drove in a career-high four RBI in that game...Placed on the DL with a left ribcage inflammation from June 29-July 31, missing 26 games.
Appeared in 76 games in his first season with the Dodgers, batting .307 with seven homers and 22 RBI. ... Posted the Majors' top batting average (min. 100 AB) from July 1-conclusion of the season, hitting .351 (40-for-114) with six doubles, a triple, four homers and 14 RBI during that 40-game span…reached base safely in 15 consecutive games from July 24-Aug. 19. ... Led the Majors (min. 75 AB) in batting average (.423), on-base percentage (.471) and slugging percentage (.744) against lefthanded pitchers, going 33-for-78 with nine doubles, two triples, four homers and 16 RBI. ... Hit .352 with runners on base (25-for-71) and batted .343 (12-for-35) with runners in scoring position. ... Committed only three errors and posted a .983 combined fielding percentage in games at second base (20 games, 15 starts), third base (one start), shortstop (16 games, 11 starts), left field (17 games, five starts), center field (19 games, 18 starts) and right field (two games, one start). ... Entered the game as a pinch-runner and scored the game's only run on June 18 vs. Texas, forcing pitcher Keone Kela to balk him in from third for the game-winning "balk-off." ... Missed nearly a month on the DL with a left hamstring strain, Aug. 31-Sept. 28. ... Saw his first postseason action last year and started four NLDS games against the Mets, three in center field and one in left field…went 4-for-13 (.308) with a .400 on-base percentage, a stolen base and three runs scoredOn Nov. 4, underwent an arthroscopic debridement (clean up) of his right shoulder, a 30 minute procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. ... Opened the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City before being called up to the Majors for good on April 28…went just 10-for-59 (.169) with two doubles, a homer and nine RBI in 16 games with OKC.
Opened season at Double-A Corpus Christi, batting .325 (13-for-40) in 10 games before promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 17...Hit .337 (89-for-264) in 67 games with Redhawks, with 17 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 31 RBI...Selected to Major League roster on July 1 by Houston and made MLB debut that night vs. Seattle as defensive replacement at second base in seventh inning…knocked an RBI double off Dominic Leone in his first at-bat and went 2-for-2 after entering the game in the seventh inning...Blasted his first homer, a solo shot off Chris Young, in his first start (at DH) on July 2, 2014...Traded by the Astros with Austin Wates and Jarred Cosart to the Miami for Francis Martes, Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick and 2015 compensation draft pick on July 31...Made Miami debut on August 1 as pinch hitter vs. Cincinnati (0-for-1)…appeared in four games before being optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on August 8…was recalled by Miami on September 2...Blasted his first grand slam in the ninth inning of the second game of the Marlins' Sept. 26 doubleheader at Washington off Nats reliever Craig Stammen...Overall, combined to hit .319 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI in the Minors...Played in the Puerto Rican Winter League following the season, batting .279 with six doubles and six RBI in 15 games with Gigantes de Carolina
Spent entire 2013 campaign with Double-A Corpus Christi in Houston system, batting .236 in 116 games...Batted .280 (30-for-107) with runners in scoring position, with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, 33 RBI, 15 walks and a .368 on-base percentage…also, batted .429 (6-for-14) with bases loaded, with a triple and 12 RBI...Appeared in Puerto Rican Winter League with Gigantes de Carolina, hitting .260 (39-for-150) in 37 games, with three home runs and 21 RBI
Spent most of 2012 with Single-A Lancaster (100 games) before being promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on August 10 for final 23 games of season...Appeared in 122 games at second base and six in the outfield
Appeared in just 62 games with Single-A Lexington to two stints on disabled list for right ankle sprains from April 17 to May 13, and again from July 28 through end of season...Showed his versatility in the field, appearing in games at second base (12), third base (4), shortstop (3) and left field (32)
Spent the entire season with Short-Season A Tri-City, batting .280 with 18 doubles, three homers and 33 RBI in 60 games...Was named Tri-City Offensive Player of the Month for August after hitting .265 (26-for-98) with 16 runs, six doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBI...Season was cut short on August 28 by trip to disabled list for right ankle sprain
Named Gulf Coast League Astros Team MVP, hitting .295 with a homer and 27 RBI in 53 games in his first professional season...Began pro career batting .316 (37-for-117) in 30 games in June & July, with 19 runs scored, six doubles, three triples and 20 RBI