The Royals have acquired former top outfield prospect Gorkys Hernandez from the Marlins in exchange for shortstop prospect Alex McClure. This news was reported by Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star here.
Hernandez was once considered one of the better outfield prospects in the game. However, his stock has fallen since 2006, when he hit .327/.356/.463 for the Tigers’ rookie league team. He had 156 at bats at the major league level last year. He struggled, however, hitting just .192/.267/.301 with 3 home runs between Pittsburgh and Miami.
Hernandez was originally signed in 2005 by the Detroit Tigers. He was eventually traded for Edgar Renteria, along with Jair Jurrjens, to the Braves. In 2009, he was traded along with Jeff Locke and Charlie Morton to Pittsburgh in exchange for Nate McLouth. From then, he was traded for Miami from Pittsburgh. Since them, his stock has fallen to the point where he is no longer considered a high level prospect.
As for Alex McClure, he has struggled so far in his professional career. A shortstop prospect, McClure has hit just .216/.269/.266 over 4 minor league seasons.