David Hernandez (baseball)

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David Hernandez
Hernandez with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Free agent
Born: (1985-05-13) May 13, 1985 (age 30)
Sacramento, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 28, 2009, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 25–35
Earned run average 4.15
Strikeouts 414

David Jose Hernandez (born May 13, 1985) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks. He attended Cosumnes River College.

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Hernandez, who is of Mexican-American descent, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 16th round, 483rd overall pick, of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] Hernandez made his debut against the Detroit Tigers on May 28, 2009. He went 523 innings. He gave up five hits, allowed four walks, and only one earned run while striking out three.

Hernandez throws a 95 mph fastball, a 78 mph slider, and an 84 mph changeup. He is known for his high strikeout rate, which improved at every level in the minors, from 9.54 K/9 in A to 12.46 K/9 in AAA.[2] He is a flyball pitcher - 45% of balls in play are flyballs, with only 38% of them staying on the ground.[3]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On December 6, 2010 he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks (along with Kam Mickolio) for Mark Reynolds and a player to be named later (John Hester).

Hernandez missed the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery.

International career[edit]

Hernandez attempted to join Team Mexico in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but was not able to put together the proper documentation in time. After an injury to Chris Perez, Hernandez was asked to join Team USA.


  1. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez hopes talent does talking in WBC". azcentral.com. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ "David Hernandez". fangraphs.com. Retrieved August 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ Minor League Splits[dead link]

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