Anyone remember Jose Miguel Fernandez? The Dodgers signed the Cuban infielder last January on a minor league contract. He was supposed to compete for a job on the big league roster as it was believed he would be able to jump into the major league fray immediately. That never happened and reports are indicating that Fernandez has been released by the Dodgers.
We saw Fernandez briefly during spring training of this season. The 29-year old appeared with the major league spring training camp, but we were not impressed. So the Dodgers sent Fernandez down to double-A Tulsa. That’s where he spent most of his 2017 season until an injury in late July ended his year prematurely.
To be fair, Fernandez did play well down in Tulsa. Fernandez batted .306/.366/.498 with 16 home runs and 64 runs batted in over 369 plate appearances. Fernandez walked 24 times and struck out just 33 times while posting an .864 OPS. In 90 games Fernandez split time between first base, second base, and third. He saw the majority of his time (57 games) at second base.
Apparently Fernandez had some kind of injury which didn’t allow him to play after July 29. Fernandez did hit .319 with 37 home runs in the Cuban Serie Nacional league, but hadn’t played since 2014. The Dodgers originally signed him to a 200,000 dollar signing bonus.