SAMPLE # 24 Johnny Hernandez, OF - USN
Brooklyn-born Hernandez made his Atlantic League debut in 2007 as a member of the Bridgeport Bluefish after Tommy John watched him play as a member of the U.S. Military All-Stars. Hernandez hit .299 with nine doubles, four triples and 27 runs scored in just 39 games. The switch hitter was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Xaverian High School in 1997, but spent all his time in affiliated ball with the St. Louis organization. His best year came in 2002 while playing for Potomac (A, Cardinals) in the Carolina League. Hernandez hit .283 that season, and set career marks for games played (139), hits (141), runs (54), doubles (24), triples (5) and RBI (62). Following his release due to injuries, Hernandez joined the Navy after living through the tragedy of 9-11 in New York. He served as a Boatswains Mate deploying overseas in support of the Global War on Terror. He became the All-Time leader in numerous offensive and defensive categories during his four seasons with the U.S. Military All-Stars before leaving the Navy. On February 26, 2009 he signed with the Long Island Ducks hitting .275 and helping them reach the Atlantic League play-offs.