Photo: Jon Wells
Guillermo Molina Heredia
Height: 5'10" Weight: 180
Bats/Throws: Right / Left
Born: 01/31/1991 in Matanzas, Cuba
Offseason home: Miami, Florida
Nickname: El Conde
Acquired: Signed as a free agent (03/01/2016)
MLB Debut: 07/29/2016
Free Agent after: 2022 season
In terms of playing time, the prime beneficiary of Robinson Canó's suspension is Heredia. With Canó out, Dee Gordon shifted from center field to second base and, more often than not, Heredia has stepped in to play center. For a while it looked like Heredia would lay claim to an everyday role; for the first two weeks post-Canó, Heredia batted .347 and reached base at a .439 clip. That didn't last, though, as over the next two weeks he slumped with a .162 mark and he's now lost some of his time to Denard Span.
He remains a very good defensive outfielder, however, and has shown exceptional ability in running down balls in the gap and occasionally leaping above the fence to take homers away from the opposition.
Last year Heredia played through pain, opting to treat an ailing shoulder in minimal fashion until a diving attempt on a ball in the outfield exacerbated the injury to the point that surgery was required. He rehabbed over the winter and is at full strength now; here's hoping he can break out of his slump soon and go on another hot streak.