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David Hernandez | Relief Pitcher | #30

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/13/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cosumnes River (CA)
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 16 (0) / BAL
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Braves signed RHP David Hernandez to a minor league contract.
Hernandez opted out of his minor league deal with the Giants on Friday and apparently likes his potential opportunity with the Braves more. He might have to spend a little time in the minors first but should get a shot in Atlanta. Mar 26 - 3:58 PM

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Giants released RHP David Hernandez.

Hernandez requested and was granted his released after being told he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. The veteran reliever posted a 4.76 ERA over six relief appearances this spring. He has struck out over a batter per inning during his career and shouldn't be out of a job long.
Mar 24 - 3:52 PM

Giants signed RHP David Hernandez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The Giants have been in touch with Hernandez for a while and like the experience that he could add to the bullpen. The 31-year-old fanned 80 batters in 72 2/3 innings last season while posting a 3.84 ERA, though he had issues with home runs and walks. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Hernandez will receive a $1.5 million salary if he makes the major league roster.
Feb 14 - 11:23 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are signing reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract.

It's somewhat surprising that Hernandez had to settle for a minor league deal. While the 31-year-old gave up 11 homers and walked 32 batters in 72 2/3 innings with the Phillies last season, he also struck out 80 batters while posting a decent 3.84 ERA. But clearly the interest wasn't there with spring training approaching. The Giants have some options, but Hernandez could be in position to secure a bullpen spot in the spring.
Feb 14 - 10:23 AM

Chris Cotillo of SB Nation confirms the Orioles are showing interest in free agent reliever David Hernandez.

MASN's Roch Kubatko was first to suggest Baltimore as a possible fit for the 31-year-old right-hander. Hernandez posted a 3.84 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings last season out of the Philadelphia bullpen after working his way back from Tommy John surgery with Arizona in 2015. He'll probably operate in middle relief wherever he winds up signing.
Tue, Dec 20, 2016 04:47:00 PM

David Hernandez allowed a run but earned his first save of the season Saturday against the Reds.

Hernandez gave up a run on two hits but was able to get out of the inning without further damage. The save opportunity only came because closer Jeanmar Gomez had worked the previous two days, but it's good to know where he stands in the event Gomez falters or gets injured. The 31-year-old owns a 3.12 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 24/6 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings this year.
Sat, May 14, 2016 11:00:00 PM

David Hernandez took the loss Monday against the Reds after he failed to retire any of the three batters he faced.

Brutal. Asked to protect a one-run lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, Hernandez walked Adam Duvall before giving up a double to Scott Schebler. He then walked Billy Hamilton to load the bases. Phillies manager Pete Mackanin brought the hook after that, but all three runners eventually came around to score. Dalier Hinojosa just saw his fantasy stock go up by default, but this figures to be a very messy situation all season.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 07:54:00 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Monday that he could use "one of five guys" at closer.

No reliever stood out enough to grab the job this spring, so Mackanin will keep his options open as the regular season begins. David Hernandez and Dalier Hinojosa are probably the best bets for saves in the early going, with left-hander James Russell also potentially working into the mix at some point. We're expecting role changes throughout the year from the rebuilding Phils.
Mon, Apr 4, 2016 12:27:00 PM

David Hernandez allowed a solo homer and a triple in his inning against Phillies prospects on Saturday.

Hernandez's spring finale didn't inspire a whole lot of confidence. Dalier Hinojosa might get the first save chance the Phillies generate this year. Perhaps it will even happen in April.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 04:06:00 PM

David Hernandez worked around two hits to pitch a scoreless inning Wednesday against the Astros.

Hernandez has allowed one run in three innings since returning from triceps tendinitis. He's back looking like the favorite for saves in the Phillies pen, though Dalier Hinojosa is also expected to be in the mix initially.
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 05:27:00 PM

Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Tuesday that he may use a closer by committee at the beginning of the season.

Mackanin noted that the top options for the ninth inning at this point are Dalier Hinojosa and David Hernandez. Andrew Bailey had been mentioned as a possible option to close, but he's struggled a bit of late in Grapefruit League play after a strong start. Hernandez entered camp as the favorite for the job but fell behind due to triceps tendinitis. However, he's healthy now and has looked good the last few times out. He's probably the best bet over the long haul for saves in Philly, but the Phillies like Hinojosa so he can't be discounted.
Tue, Mar 29, 2016 04:06:00 PM

In his return from triceps tendinitis, David Hernandez allowed a run in an inning Monday against the Tigers.

Hernandez is likely behind Andrew Bailey for the closer's role at this point, but Bailey's arm could always let him down again at any time. It makes Hernandez's progress well worth following.
Mon, Mar 21, 2016 04:27:00 PM

David Hernandez (triceps) is scheduled to pitch in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

Hernandez hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 1 because of right triceps tendinitis, but he's been able to stay on pace on the minor league side of Phillies camp. He's still in the running for the team's ninth-inning job, though Andrew Bailey might be the leader in the clubhouse right now.
Mon, Mar 21, 2016 01:00:00 PM

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Saturday of David Hernandez (triceps) that "his ability to open the season healthy is on track and is looking fine."

Hernandez threw a scoreless inning in another minor league game Friday and should be cleared for Grapefruit League action soon. "My arm is definitely getting better," he said. "I have no discomfort when I'm pitching, just a little stiffness when I'm cooling down. I have no trouble getting loose and staying loose and that's a good sign." Hernandez entered camp as the favorite to close for the Phillies but may have been passed up by Andrew Bailey.
Sun, Mar 20, 2016 10:02:00 AM

David Hernandez (triceps) allowed three runs on three hits and a walk over one inning of work in a minor league game Tuesday.

Hernandez, recently sidelined with right triceps tendinitis, threw 17 out of 28 pitches for strikes and hit 93 mph with his fastball. The results weren't great, but the important thing is that he's feeling better. Hernandez should return to Grapefruit League action soon, where he's expected to make a push for the Phillies' closer job.
Tue, Mar 15, 2016 01:39:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Jace Peterson
3Sean Rodriguez
4Micah Johnson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
CF1Ender Inciarte
2Emilio Bonifacio
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Bartolo Colon
3R.A. Dickey
4Jaime Garcia
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Matt Wisler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Ian Krol
5Jose Ramirez
6Daniel Winkler
7Josh Collmenter
8Chaz Roe
9Jacob Lindgren
10Armando Rivero
11Kevin Chapman
12Blaine Boyer
13Eric O'Flaherty
14Sam Freeman