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suggests that he might be getting the call soon:
In split second, Hernandez's stock soars
BY ADAM RUBIN
Manny Acta was managing Anderson Hernandez in early January when he and Lupe Jabalera, a Dominican-based Mets coach, playfully told the shortstop: "You never know, in a few days we might not be only your boss in winter ball."
Acta, the Mets' infield coach, was acting on inside information. Sure enough, on Jan. 6 - and with Acta's blessing - the Mets obtained Hernandez, 22, from Detroit for Vance Wilson.
Hernandez, a switch-hitter, quickly has emerged as the organization's top upper-level position-player prospect. Minor-league teammates say he's a better fielder than Jose Reyes. And now Hernandez's bat has arrived, too.
Hernandez began at Binghamton because of concern about whether he could hold up at the plate, but he hit .326 with seven homers and 24 RBI at the Double-A level, prompting a promotion to Norfolk. He entered the weekend with a .368 average at the Triple-A level in 95 at-bats. He has 22 steals overall.
"He's a very gifted guy with very soft hands and terrific footwork," Acta said. "Even until he started hitting two years ago, the Tigers considered him a major leaguer just on the defense."
A natural shortstop blocked by Reyes, Hernandez is now more than dabbling at second. His last eight starts through Friday came at the position, though he shifts to shortstop for the ninth inning of tight games. Hernandez clearly has jumped ahead of the organization's other second-base prospects, injured Jeff Keppinger and Binghamton's Aarom Baldiris (.280, 4 HR, 37 RBI).