David Hernandez (baseball)

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David Hernandez
David Hernandez on July 16, 2016 (1).jpg
Hernandez with the Phillies in 2016
Atlanta Braves – No. 30
Born: (1985-05-13) May 13, 1985 (age 31)
Sacramento, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 28, 2009, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 28–39
Earned run average 4.10
Strikeouts 494
WHIP 1.34

David Jose Hernandez (born May 13, 1985) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies. 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]

Hernandez with the Diamondbacks

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).[4][5]

Hernandez missed the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.[6]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On December 9, 2015 Hernandez signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.[7][8]

San Francisco Giants[edit]

On February 14, 2017, Hernandez signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants.[9]

Atalanta Braves[edit]

On March 26, 2017, the Atlanta Braves signed Hernandez to a minor league contract.[10]

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]
  4. ^ Zrebiec, Jeff (December 6, 2010). "Orioles trade Hernandez, Mickolio to Diamondbacks for Reynolds". Batimore Sun. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Diamondbacks trade John Hester to Baltimore Orioles". The Arizona Republic. April 30, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  6. ^ Gilbert, Steve (March 31, 2014). "Hernandez to undergo Tommy John surgery". MLB.com. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  7. ^ Breen, Matt (December 9, 2015). "Phillies sign reliever David Hernandez". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  8. ^ Zolecki, Todd (December 9, 2015). "Phillies sign right-handed reliever Hernandez". MLB.com. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  9. ^ Haft, Chris (February 14, 2017). "Giants sign righty reliever David Hernandez". MLB.com. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 
  10. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 26, 2017). "Braves to finalize bullpen, bench this week". MLB.com. Retrieved March 27, 2017. 

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