Oscar Hernandez, a 21-year-old catcher who played for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2014, is trying to make the jump from the Midwest League to the major leagues this year.
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Hernandez with the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft last December. That means he must stay in the major leagues all season or be offered back to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Hernandez seems on track to be a backup catcher for the Diamondbacks, who believe he is ready defensively for the big leagues, but still a work in progress offensively. (You can read more about that in this Arizona Republic story from earlier this week.)
He batted .249 with 9 HR and 63 RBI in 94 games with the Hot Rods last year.
In other news about former Hot Rods, 2011 shortstop Derek Dietrich hit a walk-off homer for the Miami Marlins to beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon.
Dietrich batted .277 with 22 HR and 81 RBI in 127 games with the Hot Rods. The Rays traded him to the Marlins for SS Yunel Escobar in December 2012. He made his MLB debut in 2013, and has batted .220 with 14 HR and 40 RBI in 106 games with the Marlins the past two seasons.