December 10, 1931 |
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
|July 3, 1960 for the Washington Senators|
Last MLB appearance
|May 4, 1961 for the Washington Senators|
|Earned run average||4.12|
Rudolph Albert Hernández Fuentes (born December 10, 1931 in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher. The right-hander was signed by the New York Giants before the 1950 season. He was acquired by the original Washington Senators from the San Francisco Giants before the 1959 season, and later drafted by the new Washington Senators from the Minnesota Twins in the 1960 MLB expansion draft.
When he made his major league debut on July 3, 1960 Hernández became only the fourth native of the Dominican Republic to play in the major leagues, and the first pitcher. He preceded Juan Marichal by sixteen days.
He is one of a small number of ballplayers to play for both of the American League's Washington Senators franchises, and one of only three to play for them in consecutive seasons. (Hal Woodeshick and Hector Maestri are the others.)
Hernández appeared in twenty-one games for the original Washington club, and also appeared in seven games for the expansion Washington club. His two-season career totals were 43.2 innings pitched, 13 games finished, a 4–1 record, and a 4.12 ERA.
His best game was probably on July 9, 1960 when he pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn the W against the Baltimore Orioles.