Three former Lexington Legends recently received their first call to the big leagues. Outfielder Jake Goebbert made his debut with San Diego June 20; outfielder Domingo Santana made his first MLB appearance July 1 with Houston; and Enrique Hernandez, who played in the infield and outfield with the Legends (his twitter profile describes him as “super utility for the Houston Astros”) also made his debut with Houston July 1.
Those three join the 50 former Legends who have gone on to play in the major leagues.
Goebbert, who was with the Legends for the entire 2010 season, had one of the best individual seasons in Legends history. In 135 games, he batted .291 with 10 home runs and 98 runs batted in. The RBI total set a new single season record for the Legends at the time, and it’s still the second-highest, behind Zach Johnson’s 108 in 2012. Goebbert still holds the single-season record for doubles with 48. Goebbert had 151 hits, good for fourth on the Legends’ single-season list, which is led by Jon Topolski’s 158 in 2001. He scored 91 runs, also fourth on the list. Topolski leads that category with 98.
Goebbert was traded from the Houston organization to Oakland in 2013, and to San Diego earlier this year.
Santana was with the Legends for just 17 games in 2011, after being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization as part of a trade that sent Legends Hall of Famer Hunter Pence from the Astros to the Phillies. But Santana made his mark during that brief stay, batting .382 (26 for 68), with five homers and 21 runs batted in. Another connection to the Legends, as noted in a story by mlb.com writer Brian McTaggart: Santana’s father, also named Domingo Santana, was signed to an Astros’ contract by scout Julio Linares, the father of Rodney Linares, who managed the Legends in 2010 and 2011. Rodney Linares is now the manager at advanced-A Lancaster in the Houston system.
Hernandez played in 62 games for the 2011 Legends, batting .247 with two homers and 17 runs batted in. He batted .270 in 123 games with Lancaster and double-A Corpus Christi in 2012, and .236 with Corpus in 2013. His average took off this season in 10 games with Corpus and 67 with triple-A Oklahoma City. He was batting .336 with nine homers and 36 RBI when he got the call from Houston. In front of family and friends, Hernandez homered in his second major league game.
The current Legends are in Asheville for games Saturday (6:05 p.m.) and Sunday (2:05 p.m.) before moving on to Hickory for a three-game series beginning Monday night.