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#MLBPlayers411 | Gorkys Hernández

   08-25-2017
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Fly balls are Gorkys Hernández's prey.

The Giants' reserve outfielder and fastest player  (according to MLB's Statcast), Hernández is known for tracking down fly balls and line drives in alleys and warning tracks around the National League.

For Players Weekend, the 29-year-old Venezuelan speedster will feature his style of play by wearing ‘Cazador' – which means ‘hunter' in Spanish – on his jersey nameplate.

"That's been my nickname for a long time," Hernández told SFGiants.com. "Playing winter ball in Venezuela, when I started to play every day, I made a couple of plays and stole a home run and everybody called me, 'Cazador! Cazador!'”

On his Players Weekend jersey patch, Hernández chose to honor his family.

“I'm the oldest, so I have to take care of them,” Hernández told the website. “God is first, but after God, there's family."

A native of Guiria, Venezuela, El Cazador was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 2005 at age 17.

He made his major-league debut in May 2012 with the Pirates. After stints in the Marlins', Royals' and White Sox's organizations, Hernández signed with the Giants in October 2015.

He batted .302 with 20 stolen bases in 116 at-bats for Triple-A Sacramento in 2016, diligently putting in the work until receiving a call-up last August.

“You create your opportunity,” Hernandez told the San Francisco Examiner earlier this season. “You show everybody you can play — especially the coaching staff and the manager. If you do that, the little things you have to do, if you show everyone you can play, you're going to be in the lineup.”

In 2017, Hernández is batting .272 with 35 runs scored and 19 RBIs. He has already set career-highs in nearly every offensive category this season, including at-bats, hits, runs and steals.

As of late, Hernández has proven to be a bright spot in a dismal season for the Giants. Hernandez, who turns 30 early next month, is hitting .340 since the All-Star break -- 11th-best in the majors during the period (minimum 100 at-bats).

"Gorkys, what a job he's done," manager Bruce Bochy told NBC Bay Area earlier this month. "In the early going I know there were questions about him and he wasn't playing much, but he's been one of our better players. You look at the way he's swinging the bat and you saw the range he has (in center)."

In August, Hernández has hit .359 with nine runs scored in 17 games. The Giants are in Phoenix for Players Weekend, facing the Diamondbacks.

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