David Hernandez (baseball)
Hernandez with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 30
Born: May 13, 1985|
|May 28, 2009 for the Baltimore Orioles|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||4.14|
David Jose Hernandez (born May 13, 1985) is a Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously played for the Baltimore Orioles. 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 looked good for the 2014 season until he had elbow stifness. He played through it, then had an MRI. The results were having a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and he needed reconstructive elbow surgery. It was clear that Hernandez would miss the rest of the 2014 season. Bad news for the Diamondbacks, just 3 days before they lost their All-Star pitcher Patrick Corbin, who needed 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.
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