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Phils' choice Hernandez looks to make P.R. proud

Phils' choice Hernandez looks to make P.R. proud

Phils' choice Hernandez looks to make P.R. proud

A year ago, Carlos Correa represented Puerto Rico well as the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. Jan Hernandez, another shortstop, may have been taken a bit later, but he has the chance to do his home island proud, too.

Hernandez is already strong and well built, and he may well add strength as he matures. He has good bat speed and should have good power in the future. He has good hands and a strong arm, but some think his range might necessitate a move to third in the future.

With his offensive potential and his confidence in the field, he might profile well at the hot corner down the road.

Last season, with Correa manning shortstop in Puerto Rico, Hernandez spent some time at third base, and his plus arm and solid reaction skills suited him well there.

Offensively, he's received plenty of praise -- enough that some consider him to be a middle-of-the-order threat in the future. His power potential is high, but questions persist about his ability to hit for average.

Paul Hagen is a reporter or MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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