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Dust Devils Hernandez Embraces Aggressive Approach at The Plate

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PASCO, Wash. -- Dust Devils Shortstop David Hernandez batted .265 in 18 games with Tri-City last season but this year, his hot hitting has had manager Freddie Ocasio pushing him to the top of the lineup.

No one saw this coming. Hernandez ranks in the top five in the Northwest League in batting average.

"Last year when he was here he didn't show consistency," said manager Freddie Ocasio. "During extended [spring training], he got his hits here and there but not the way he's doing it right now."

Hernandez is batting .405 in 10 games played and it is all due to an aggressive approach at the plate.

"I wouldn't say everyone is like this," he said. "But, I like hitting that first pitch. I know the pitchers are going to be trying to get ahead in this league, and if I'm going to see a fastball right down the middle, there's no reason I'm going to take it. So, if they're going to keep doing it I'm going to keep swinging. I'm not going to change it."

His recent success has Ocasio making Hernandez a regular in the starting lineup, including moving Hernandez from the bottom half of the lineup to the top.

"Freddie came up to me and said don't change your approach, just keep being the same hitter that you are," said Hernandez.

Why change what is working so well?