Yadiel Hernández: “México has a similar talent level to that of MLB.”

Yadiel Hernández has become a key cog in the Sultanes de Monterrey’s lineup. In 40 games with the team the outfielder is hitting .310 with five longballs and 28 RBIs. The Cuban started the season with the National’s Triple A affiliate Rochester.

At the time of his release with the Red Wings he was hitting an anemic .205. In 1,368 at-bats on the farm , he collected 407 hits with 65 of the being doubles, 68 home runs, three triples and knocked in a total 233 runs. He also scored a total of 209 runs, struck out 305 occasions and walked 181 times. “El Jabao” as he is known by the Cuban faithful slashed .298/ .379/.499/.878 during his time in the minors.

During his three seasons in the majors with the Nationals , he played in a total of 218 games where he hit .267 including 27 doubles, 19 homers and a triple. Hernández also drove in 79 runs, scored 66 times, drew 42 walks and slashed .315/ .412/.727.

It’s your first season in the Mexican Baseball League. How are you liking it here?

Everything is fine, it’s the first time I’ve been here, but I feel good, with my teammates and the board of directors. I like the atmosphere here.

You played in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. What differences do you find between the Pacific League and the Summer Mexican League?

I don’t see many differences, the teams play with a lot of passion in the both leagues. The difference in the foreigners who participate. The foreigners here in the summer are a little more talented than those who participate in the winter.

How has your time the majors helped here in the LMB?

I feel like it’s the same talent level of as that of MLB. There are only minor differences mostly in pitching as pitchers throw with less velocity compared to Major League Baseball. The hitters have a lot of experience and intelligence at the plate, I feel that it is the same level of the Major Leagues.

Do you have any experience that has shaped you as a baseball player?

My first home run in the Major Leagues was a walk off, I think that was one of my best days and experiences as a pro.

Any message for the fans that follow you in Cuba?

That they continue to support my career and that of all the Cuban baseball players around the world. It is a beautiful sport and please continue to support us.

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