Hernandez stepping up in Dominican

Hernandez dominating in Dominican playoffs

It's been an interesting year for Anderson Hernandez.

Nine months ago, he was the New York Mets' Opening Day second baseman. A back injury derailed the 24-year-old infielder, who spent most of the season working on his batting stroke at Triple-A Norfolk. He hit .249 with the Tides but seems to be back on his way to Shea Stadium after dominating in the Dominican Winter League playoffs.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound switch-hitter is second in the league with a .419 postseason batting average and 18 hits. He is also tied for the lead with 13 runs scored and has nine RBIs in 11 games with the Tigres del Licey.

Here's how the other Mets are faring in Venezuelan Winter League playoffs:

LHP Edgar Alfonzo -- Alfonzo has yet to play for the Navegantes del Magallanes (7-1) in the playoffs. In 17 regular-season appearances, Alfonzo was 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA out of the bullpen.

RHP Lino Urdaneta -- Urdaneta gave up two runs on three hits in his only postseason inning for the Cardenales de Lara.

SS Jose Coronado -- Coronado has yet to play in the postseason for the Navegantes.

Eric Justic is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.