CORPUS CHRISTI - Former Islander Trey Hernandez has signed a professional baseball contract with the Brockton (Mass.) Rox of the independent Canadian-American League. Hernandez completed his career as Texas A&M - Corpus Christi's all-time leader in home runs, doubles and RBI.
Hernandez made his professional debut on Thursday, June 23, going 0-for-3 as the Rox designated hitter in a 5-3 loss to Rockland. In Friday night's contest, the Robstown native delivered a pinch-hit RBI double for his first hit as a pro baseball player.
The first baseman finished his senior season with a .322 average to go along with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 49 RBI. Additionally, he drew a team-leading 44 walks, enabling him to post a .438 on-base percentage and a .567 slugging for a 1.005 OPS (on-base plus slugging). He led the team with 51 runs and committed just one error in 539 chances for a .998 fielding percentage.
In his Islanders career, he slugged 50 doubles and 50 home runs, the only player in school history to reach either milestone. He also topped the 200-RBI mark, finishing his tenure with the team at 201 runs driven in. He was selected as a Second Team All-Southland Conference selection following both the 2010 and 2011 campaigns.
Hernandez joins Todd Simko (GCL Nationals) and Matt Holland (GCL Phillies) as members of the 2011 Islanders to move on to the professional ranks. Holland made his minor-league debut on Tuesday, while Simko has yet to make an appearance with his club.