According to Brian McTaggart, the Houston Astros are going to call up Teoscar Hernandez from Triple-A Fresno. After Carlos Gomez was DFA'd, it was unclear how the Astros would handle the outfield situation. Depending on how much the Astros are planning on starting Teoscar, the outfield may look as follows: Teoscar in right field, George Springer in center field, and Jake Marisnick in left field. Or, perhaps, Preston Tucker, or Tony Kemp. Who knows.
Ken Giles is headed to the paternity list for the weekend. It's not yet known what the corresponding move will be after that, especially with Yulieski Gourriel knocking on the door, and with Colby Rasmus and Luis Valbuena still on the disabled list. Perhaps, Preston Tucker, Tony Kemp, or Jandel Gustave might be packing again after the Toronto series.
Despite struggling last season, Hernandez's performance on the year has warranted big league consideration. He finished off last season in Double-A Corpus Christi with a wRC+ of 75 but bounced back with a 139 wRC+ this season before getting the call up to Triple-A Fresno. There, he collated a wRC+ of 127, as a result of a .313/.365/.500 slash line. He had stolen 29 bases in Double-A (in 321 plate appearances) and added a further five in Fresno.
Baseball America had this to say about Teoscar when the Astros signed him, back in 2011.
Hernandez has good size and a quick swing with natural loft and power that shows up in games. He's a plus runner who will get the chance to stick in center field, but if he slows down as he fills out, he has an arm that grades out as at least a plus tool and would fit well in right field. He should make the jump to the Gulf Coast League this year.
His numbers are significantly higher than the Pacific Coast League average slash line of .270/.337/.416. Teoscar has been impressive at every stop throughout his minor league career and has bounced back fantastically from his abysmal 2015 campaign. Let's hope that he continue his good form onto the Major Leagues.
Amazing turnaround by Teoscar Hernandez. He was really pretty awful last year at AA Corpus Christi. Been great this year though.— Matt Young (@Chron_MattYoung) August 12, 2016
I'll leave you with an interview with Teoscar with TCB.