Hinojosa was fantastic in San Jose to start last year. He was hitting .285 with an .820 OPS. Clearly good enough to get up to Double-A, he struggled a bit when he got to Richmond. His OPS dropped into the .600’s and his Batting Average was down to .248. His plate approach was still there, keeping an 80 point difference between his batting average and on base percentage, but the contact and ability to see pitches wasn’t.
He was a non-roster invite to spring training this season, and didn’t really impress to much. His only hit of the spring was an RBI double. The big thing with him is he has below average speed, and below average defense. It’s hard to see him staying at shortstop because of all of that, but who knows. He might put together the defensive side of his game soon.
With still having a lot of work to go, he doesn’t look to be entirely ready for triple-a. A whole year in Richmond might give us a good amount of time to see what he really is going to be. With guys like Crawford around long term, they have time to develop and move him around.