What Role Should Kike Hernandez Play?

So far in Kike’s year he has played every position on a major league field except catching, first base and pitching. This is not a bad resume and one that every team would like to have on their team, fortunately enough the Los Angeles Dodgers have this and he’s playing on the bench, but is this the right move for a player hitting .300 in his second year in the big leagues.

Although only 23 Kike has already shown one of the elders on the team taking fake selfies with All Star Adrian Gonzalez and seemingly being one of the leaders for even the middle age guys to look up to.

But should he be starting? The first question that comes to mind is where would he play, second is an All Stars, as is shortstop’s. Over at third there is Justin Turner who is lighting it up this year and in replacement for him Alex Guerrero who was going to be the every day third baseman after the Uribe trade but hasn’t played much there since. The outfield too is pretty crowded and with Carl Crawford coming back from the DL too this looks to be another dead end. So what is in line for Kike?

As he is still young and working out how to play in the big leagues, should the Dodgers trade him? He still has 2 years until arbitration and can opt to become a free agent come 2021, some 6 years away. He’s only being paid just over 500,000 dollars however, something that the Dodgers can definitely manage.

It is clear Kike wants to play every day and he believes he can manage that, “I don’t like it,” Hernandez said of being labeled as a utility man. “I’m only 23 and I believe I have a really long career ahead of me and I really believe I can play every day.” Donnie Baseball seems to agree saying that “[Kike] might be overlooked because of his versatility as a utility player… Maybe that’s a little unfair.”

However there is nothing the Puerto Rican native isn’t grateful for and he knows that just being a man with a role safe in the big leagues is something to be appreciative of, “Being a utility guy is what got to me to the big leagues,” Hernandez said. “That’s why I’m here.”

For me, wait until Jimmy Rollins retires, could be this year, might be next and then play Kike in rotation with Corey Seager until he gets used to the big leagues and groom them both at the same time, Howie will be dropping off too and with these two up-and-comers that will be vying for time the Dodgers have nothing to be frightened of with these two.

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