How Kiké Hernández Thinks About Becoming a Red Sox Shortstop

“To be honest, I think it’s easier on the body to play in the infield than in midfield,” said Hernández. “That was one of the things that stood out to me in ’21 when I went out every day for the first time at the beginning of the season. It was like, man, I had way more respect for outfielders than just because even the jog to the dugout and back and forth between innings took its toll.

“I think I’m better suited for the infield because I like to play the game fast and the game is much faster in the infield. I like being involved in the game, and there’s a lot more I can do in the infield, in terms of communicating with my teammates and the way I see the game and stuff.

Hernández doesn’t have many concerns, if any, about the transition to the infield. He pointed to an away game against the Los Angeles Angels last season as a reason why. In that game, he was called to play shortstop in the later innings and made a key play after not having grounded out since Spring Training.

For Hernández, a short stop just feels very natural.

“It feels like cycling to me,” said Hernández. “And I mean this in the most humble way possible. I am an infielder who can play outfield. That’s how I said it.”

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