Heredia, who went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run in a win over the Red Sox on Sunday, is now hitting .091 across 30 plate appearances in April.
The reserve outfielder appeared in 123 and 125 games for the Mariners in 2017 and 2018, respectively, but he's on pace for a more modest role this season in Tampa. The 28-year-old's one home run on the season came in a pinch-hit capacity against the Blue Jays on April 14, and he has only one other extra-base hit (a double) otherwise. Heredia hasn't displayed much of a power bat in the majors, with his above-average ability to make contact, particularly against lefties, instead serving as one of his more redeeming offensive qualities. However, that's also taken a dive thus far this season, albeit over the aforementioned small sample -- Heredia currently sports a career-high 30.3 percent strikeout rate.
Heredia went 1-for-1 with a two-run home run as a pinch hitter Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Heredia tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning by sending a pitch over the fence in left field, marking his first homer of the season. The 28-year-old has been seeing the ball well at the dish through his first nine games of the season, hitting .364 with five RBI.
Heredia went 2-for-3 with a double in a win over the Astros on Sunday.
Heredia logged his first start of 2019, manning center field while Kevin Kiermaier was given the day off. The 28-year-old figures in for occasional starts this season, and his solid contact rate should consistently give him opportunities to get on base and set the table for some of the more powerful bats in the lineup.
Matt Duffy's (hamstring) injury created an opening on the roster for the outfielder, who figures to fill a bench role during his time with the big club. Heredia hit .265/.350/.588 with a trio of homers and a stolen base in 14 Grapefruit League games.
Heredia went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs Sunday against the Red Sox.
Heredia belted his second homer of the spring in the fourth inning and launched another home run in the sixth over the fence in left field. The 28-year-old is an impressive 6-for-19 with three homers, seven RBI and three runs scored in spring training and figures to crack the Opening Day roster as a reserve after being traded from the Mariners over the offseason.
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|vs Tanaka (Career)||4||1||0||.250||.250||.250|
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