The St. Louis Cardinals announced this afternoon that they have acquired minor league catcher Samuel “Sammy” Hernandez from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for left-handed reliever Génesis Cabrera who had been designated for assignment on Monday.
Hernandez, 19, was the Blue Jays 14th round selection in the 2022 MLB Draft out of Lakeland (Fla.) High School.
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the 5-9, 185-pound Hernandez has played this season for both the FCL Blue Jays and Dunedin (Single-A) of the Florida State League. He will be assigned to the FCL Cardinals roster.
The right-handed hitting Hernandez was batting .261 in 14 games this season with the FCL Blue Jays, with seven of his 12 hits going for extra bases. Fourteen of his combined 32 hits between Dunedin and FCL Blue Jays this year have been for extra bases, including three home runs.