The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent INF LUIS HERNANDEZ to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Hernandez, 28, spent most of the 2012 season at Triple-A Round Rock (Texas Rangers) where he hit .262 (136-519) with 23 doubles, 6 triples, 8 homers and 70 RBI in 129 games. He appeared in 113 games at shortstop and 15 games at second base and recorded a season fielding pct. of .981 (12E, 627TC). Luis hit in 16 straight games from August 4-20 and from August 1 thru the end of the season he hit .359 (42-117) with 10 2B, 3 3B, 1HR & 23 RBI in 27 games. The Quibor, Venezuela native also appeared in 2 games with Texas from August 24-27 when Michael Young went on the Paternity List (0-for-2).
The switch-hitting shortstop owns a career Minor League batting average of .254 (1004-3949) with 155 2B, 40 3B, 31HR & 402 RBI in 1094 games. He began his career in the Atlanta organization and has also appeared in 122 Major League games since 2007 with Baltimore, Kansas City, New York (NL) and Texas.