Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Former Pelican Gorkys Hernandez Makes MLB Debut

May 22, 2012 - Carolina League (CarL1)
Myrtle Beach Pelicans News Release

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Gorkys Hernandez became the 91st Myrtle Beach Pelican to play in the Major Leagues last night, making his debut in a 5-4 win over the New York Mets. Hernandez, a member of the 2008 Pelicans, pinch hit for Pirates starter Erik Bedard in the fifth inning, striking out against New York's Johan Santana.

Hernandez hit .266 with Triple-A Indianapolis before his promotion. He becomes the fourth former Pelican to crack the Majors this season and with the fourth different team. Robbie Ross ('11) opened with the Rangers, Joe Wieland ('11) made the Padres and JJ Hoover ('09-'10) was summoned to the Reds. Hernandez is the second Pelican to make his debut with the Pirates, following Jeff Locke last season.

Hernandez was a selection to the 2008 MLB Futures Game during his time with the Pelicans. He hit .264 with five homeruns and 64 RBI in Myrtle Beach, while also stealing 20 bases in 24 attempts and flashing an all-star glove in centerfield. The Braves traded Hernandez in 2009, sending him with Locke and Charlie Morton to the Pirates as part of the Nate McLouth trade.

Pelicans are present across Major League rosters, with former Birds having debuted for 20 different MLB clubs since the team came into existence in 1999. At least one Pelican has made his Major League debut with every Major League club that has a Carolina League affiliate.

Myrtle Beach returns home tonight, Tuesday, May 22nd, at 7:05pm against the Lynchburg Hillcats. The Birds will host a six game homestand, culminating in a fireworks extravaganza on Sunday, May 27th. Great seats are still available by calling 843-918-6000 or by visiting online at, powered by TicketReturn.

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