Yadiel Hernandez...From 2009-14, played for Cocodrilos de Matanzas of the Cuban Baseball Federation, breaking into the league as a 21-year-old, more than four years younger than the league average age...Recorded more walks (380) than strikeouts (285) in his Cuban baseball career...In his final season (2014), ranked among Cuban National Series hitters in batting average (second, .369), on-base percentage (second, .509), OPS (third, 1.045), runs scored (T3rd, 64) and doubles (fourth, 20).
Led the Nationals with a .296 batting average with runners in scoring position... Hit .283/.323/.434 with seven doubles, five homers, 18 RBI, eight walks and 14 runs scored in 48 games from June 13 through Aug. 20 when he was placed on the 60-day Injured List, ending his season...Recorded five straight multi-hit games, April 30 to May 5...Recorded a career-high 10-game hitting streak, July 24-Aug. 4.
In his first full Major League season, ranked among National League rookies (min. 285 PA) in batting average (3rd, .273), OPS (5th, .742), slugging percentage (6th, .413) and on-base percentage (6th, .329)...Hit .282/.338/.435 with six doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 27 RBI, 18 walks, three stolen bases and 25 runs scored in 56 starts...Went 13-for-50 (.260) with two doubles and one homer a pinch hitter...Hit .300 with a .513 slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers...Hit four homers in 86 plate appearances off left-handed pitchers and five homers in 203 plate appearances against righties... Went 10-for-18 (.556) with a homer, and three RBI in five games from April 24 to May 1... Recorded a career-high nine-game hitting streak, July 29-Aug. 6 (15-for-31, 3 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 7 R)...On May 16 at Arizona, hit a pinch-hit three-run home run just past the left field foul pole to propel the Nationals to the 3-0 win...On Aug. 1 vs. Chicago, clubbed his second career walk-off home run...Was a part of a four-hit, two-home run game.
Opened the season at the Alternate Training Site...Had his contract selected on Sept. 10...Made MLB debut, Sept. 10 vs. Atlanta as a pinch-runner...Hit a walk-off home run on Sept. 22 vs. Philadelphia (Workman) for his first career homer...Per Elias, at 32 years, 349 days, he became the oldest player in MLB history to hit a walk-off homer for his first career home run...Recorded his first MLB hit, Sept. 20 at Miami (double)...Made one start in right field and the rest (7 GS) as the designated hitter.
Washington's 2019 Minor League Player of the Year...Paced Washington's Minor League system in home runs (33), RBI (90), slugging percentage (.604), OPS (1.009), hits (142), extra-base hits (56) and runs scored (87) in his third season in Washington's Minor League system...Led Nationals full-season Minor Leaguers in batting average (.323), while his .406 on-base percentage ranked second...Was named Fresno's team Most Valuable Player and was selected to the Triple-A All-Star game in his first full Triple-A season...He capped the 2019 campaign in strong fashion, hitting .379 with a .464 on-base percentage and an .811 slugging percentage in the final 26 games of the season...He clubbed 13 home runs, 28 RBI, 15 walks and 21 runs scored from Aug. 4 through Sept. 1.