Gorkys to put in extra offseason work

Gorkys to put in extra offseason work

Gorkys to put in extra offseason work
MIAMI -- There will be very little rest for Gorkys Hernandez in the offseason.

Nine days after the Marlins finish the season on Oct. 3, Hernandez plans on being ready for the Winter League opener in Venezuela.

The 25-year-old outfielder plans on starting his preparation early for 2013.

"I'm going to play winter ball," the Venezuela native said. "I'm going to try to be ready for next year, that's what I want. When I come in next year, I want to make the team. I don't want to go to another team, or the Minor Leagues.

"Next year is a big year for me. I will go to Venezuela to prepare for next year."

The Venezuelan season starts on Oct. 11, and Hernandez will once again play for Caribes.

It's common for players, especially those from Latin America, to play winter ball. But a number of them will take a month or two to rest before joining their clubs.

Hernandez hasn't been playing regularly in the big leagues, so he wants the extra work. The Marlins acquired him from the Pirates on July 31 for Gaby Sanchez.

Defensively, Hernandez is big league ready. He still needs to work on his offense. He's had a good series against the Braves, driving in a run with an single in Tuesday's 4-3 win in 10 innings.

On Monday, he had a single, double and triple. The Marlins have never had a player hit for the cycle, and Hernandez also hasn't had a cycle at any level.

"Very nice surprise," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I like when those kids go out and perform that way. It's a good thing to see those kids doing that."

Spring Training will be crucial for Hernandez, because he will no longer have Minor League options. If he doesn't make the team, the Marlins risk losing him.

"If you want to be here, you have to keep working for next year to make the team," Hernandez said.