David Hernandez (baseball)
Hernandez with the Phillies in 2016
|Philadelphia Phillies – No. 30|
May 13, 1985 |
|May 28, 2009, for the Baltimore Orioles|
(through July 19, 2016)
|Earned run average||4.18|
David Jose Hernandez (born May 13, 1985) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks. He attended Cosumnes River College.
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. Hernandez made his debut against the Detroit Tigers on May 28, 2009. He went 52⁄3 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. He is a flyball pitcher – 45% of balls in play are flyballs, with only 38% of them staying on the ground.
Hernandez missed the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
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.
- "Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez hopes talent does talking in WBC". azcentral.com. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
- "David Hernandez". fangraphs.com. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
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