Turning Drew Hutchison into Teoscar Hernandez is Ross Atkins’ biggest win so far

Among the many bright spots on the 2020 Blue Jays, Tesocar Hernandez’s breakout season was arguably the biggest.

Heading into the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign, you would have likely expected somebody like Vlad Jr. or Bo Bichette or Nate Pearson to be the team’s young breakout star. Instead, it was Hernandez.
On Thursday, Hernandez’s excellent season was rewarded as he was given an American League Silver Slugger Award. Hernandez joined Eloy Jimenez and Mike Trout as the AL’s Silver Sluggers for the outfield.
The award is really no surprise at all as Hernandez was one of the best hitters in the league this season. He smashed 16 homers, drove in 34 runs, and slashed a .289/.340/.579 line. Had Hernandez not gotten injured late in the season, he could have feasibly found himself in the discussion for AL Most Valuable Player.
Though it was only a 60-game sprint of a season and results sort of have to be taken with a grain of salt, it looks like Hernandez has become a key part of the Blue Jays’ future. Over his past 162 games (136 of which have come since making a major adjustment during a stint with Triple-A Buffalo), Hernandez has a .833 OPS with 42 home …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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