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Felix Hernandez

28-Year-Old Pitcher – Seattle Mariners

2014 Stats

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3-0

ERA

1.91

WHIP

0.74

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39

SV

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

A late-season back injury put a damper on an otherwise outstanding season for Hernandez in 2013. At the time of the injury, he had a 2.63 ERA. He made it into the seventh inning once over his last fou...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 225   DOB: 4/8/1986   BORN: Valencia, Venezuela   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Felix Hernandez Contract Information:

Agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract with the Mariners in February of 2013.

April 16, 2014  –  Felix Hernandez News

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Hernandez allowed four hits, one earned run and a walk with nine strikeouts over seven-plus innings Wednesday night against the Rangers. He came away with a no-decision.

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Felix Hernandez Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2004 18 A Inl 16 15 0 92.0 85 28 5 114 26 9 3 0 2.74 1.21
2004 18 AA SAN 10 10 0 57.3 47 21 3 58 21 5 1 0 3.30 1.19
2005 19 AAA TAC 19 14 0 88.0 62 22 3 100 48 9 4 0 2.25 1.25
2005 19 MAJ SEA 12 12 0 84.3 61 25 5 77 23 4 4 0 2.67 1.00
2006 20 MAJ SEA 31 31 1 191.0 195 96 23 176 60 12 14 0 4.52 1.34
2007 21 MAJ SEA 30 30 1 190.3 209 83 20 165 53 14 7 0 3.92 1.38
2008 22 MAJ SEA 31 31 0 200.7 198 77 17 175 80 9 11 0 3.45 1.39
2009 23 MAJ SEA 34 34 1 238.7 200 66 15 217 71 19 5 0 2.49 1.14
2010 24 MAJ SEA 34 34 1 249.7 194 63 17 232 70 13 12 0 0 0 2.27 1.06
2011 25 MAJ SEA 33 33 0 233.7 218 90 19 222 67 14 14 0 0 0 3.47 1.22
2012 26 MAJ SEA 33 33 5 232.0 209 79 14 223 56 13 9 0 0 0 3.06 1.14
2013 27 MAJ SEA 31 31 0 204.3 185 69 15 216 46 12 10 0 0 0 3.04 1.13
2014 28 MAJ SEA 4 4 0 28.3 18 6 2 39 3 3 0 0 0 0 1.91 0.74
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Felix Hernandez
3-Year Averages MAJ   32 32 1 223.3 204 79 16 220 56 13 11 0 0 0 3.18 1.16
Career  (View All) MAJ   273 273 9 1,853.0 1687 654 147 1742 529 113 86 0 3.18 1.20

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Felix Hernandez Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 16 @Tex 7.0 4 1 1 0 1 9 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 1.91 0.74
Apr. 11 Oak 7.0 4 2 2 0 0 11 1 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.11 0.75
Apr. 5 @Oak 8.3 6 1 1 1 1 8 0 1 0 W 0 0 0 1.88 0.84
Mar. 31 @LAA 6.0 4 3 2 1 1 11 1 2 0 W 0 0 0 3.00 0.83
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 7.4 IP/G
22.3 14 4 4 1 2 28 1 1 0 2-0 0 0 0 1.61 0.72
Last 30 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 7.1 IP/G
28.3 18 7 6 2 3 39 2 3 0 3-0 0 0 0 1.91 0.74
Last 60 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 7.1 IP/G
28.3 18 7 6 2 3 39 2 3 0 3-0 0 0 0 1.91 0.74

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Felix Hernandez Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2013448113291032228.251
2012551125331271829.248
2011525103421201937.252

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201337510317821517.232
20123889823821225.231
201143911925989212.243

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013101.75601101893.451.14
2012129.77601372752.781.09
2011110.376010032123.671.21

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
2013102.77401062862.631.12
2012102.3630862993.431.21
2011123.37801223573.281.23
Felix Hernandez Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2004 18 A Inl 16 15 92.0 11.15 2.54 4.38 0.49 78.3% 2.74 2.28 .355
2004 18 AA SAN 10 10 57.3 9.10 3.30 2.76 0.47 72.3% 3.30 3.17 .298
2005 19 AAA TAC 19 14 88.0 10.23 4.91 2.08 0.31 82.2% 2.25 3.11 .285
2005 19 MAJ SEA 12 12 84.3 8.22 2.45 3.35 0.53 74.7% 2.67 2.99 .258
2006 20 MAJ SEA 31 31 191.0 8.29 2.83 2.93 1.08 2.15 68.5% 4.52 3.90 .322
2007 21 MAJ SEA 30 30 190.3 7.80 2.51 3.11 0.95 2.67 74% 3.92 3.70 .337
2008 22 MAJ SEA 31 31 200.7 7.85 3.59 2.19 0.76 1.68 77% 94.6 MPH 3.45 3.79 .316
2009 23 MAJ SEA 34 34 238.7 8.18 2.68 3.06 0.57 1.69 80.1% 94.1 MPH 2.49 3.12 .289
2010 24 MAJ SEA 34 34 249.7 8.36 2.52 3.31 0.61 1.89 81.4% 94.1 MPH 2.27 3.16 .273
2011 25 MAJ SEA 33 33 233.7 8.55 2.58 3.31 0.73 1.71 73.3% 93.3 MPH 3.47 3.31 .313
2012 26 MAJ SEA 33 33 232.0 8.65 2.17 3.98 0.54 1.63 74.1% 92.1 MPH 3.06 2.94 .311
2013 27 MAJ SEA 31 31 204.3 9.51 2.03 4.70 0.66 1.93 75% 91.9 MPH 3.04 2.76 .321
2014 28 MAJ SEA 4 4 28.3 12.39 0.95 13.00 0.64 1.68 78.9% 92.1 MPH 1.91 1.89 .281
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Felix Hernandez
3-Year Averages MAJ   32 32 223.3 8.87 2.26 3.93 0.64 74.2% 3.18 2.91 .314
Career MAJ   273 273 1,853.0 8.46 2.57 3.29 0.71 75.5% 3.18 3.24 .307

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2014 Stat Review for Felix Hernandez    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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13.00 K/BB
ELITE
12.39 K/9
ELITE
0.95 BB/9
ELITE
92.1 MPH Fastball
GOOD
0.6 HR/9
GREAT
1.68 GB/FB Ratio
EXTREME GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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1.91 ERA
ELITE
0.74 WHIP
ELITE
1.89 FIP
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BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.281 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
78.9% Strand Rate
HIGH

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Felix Hernandez (by OPS against, min 21 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Joe Mauer MIN 33 14 2 7 4 4 0 .424 .727 1.214
Jack Hannahan CIN 21 8 2 4 3 7 0 .381 .714 1.173
Mike Trout ANA 41 16 2 11 2 9 2 .390 .683 1.083
Nick Markakis BAL 28 13 0 5 5 3 0 .464 .536 1.081
Leonys Martin TEX 21 7 1 5 0 3 0 .333 .714 1.048
Miguel Cabrera DET 24 10 0 2 3 4 0 .417 .500 1.000
Brian Roberts NY-A 33 12 0 1 6 9 0 .364 .515 .977
Jacoby Ellsbury NY-A 25 8 2 3 2 5 0 .320 .600 .970
Mark Teixeira NY-A 64 19 5 9 8 15 2 .297 .594 .964
Robinson Cano SEA 46 16 2 5 5 7 2 .348 .522 .934

Best Matchups for Felix Hernandez (by OPS against, min 21 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Ben Zobrist TB 25 3 0 2 6 9 0 .120 .120 .401
Denard Span WAS 22 2 0 1 5 8 0 .091 .136 .386
Julio Borbon BAL 21 4 0 2 0 4 0 .190 .190 .381
Josh Donaldson OAK 21 3 0 1 1 8 0 .143 .190 .372
Will Venable SD 22 4 0 1 0 7 0 .182 .182 .364
Jason Kubel MIN 22 3 0 0 2 5 0 .136 .136 .345
Kevin Kouzmanoff TEX 27 3 0 0 1 11 0 .111 .111 .311
Josh Reddick OAK 30 4 0 0 0 6 0 .133 .167 .300
Eric Chavez AZ 34 4 0 2 1 9 0 .118 .118 .257
B.J. Upton ATL 31 3 0 0 1 11 0 .097 .129 .254

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Felix Hernandez: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Hernandez pitched a strong seven-plus innings Friday against the A's with 11 strikeouts, no walks and four hits allowed, giving up only two runs thanks to a leaky bullpen to move to 3-0.

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Hernandez pitched a dominating 8.1 innings Saturday, allowing one run on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts at the A's.

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The Mariners' game Friday was postponed due to wet field conditions, but Hernandez will still take the ball Saturday afternoon, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

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Hernandez allowed three runs -- two earned -- on four hits and a walk in six innings Monday, striking out 11 to get the win in Seattle's season opener at the Angels.

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Hernandez threw 82 pitches (62 for strikes) in seven innings of a minor-league game Thursday as he starts to build his innings in anticipation of Opening Day.

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Hernandez threw two scoreless innings in his spring training debut Tuesday against the Dodgers but said his changeup was "garbage," the Seattle Times reports.

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In his final start of the 2013 season, Hernandez took his 10th loss, after giving up three runs on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts over six innings against the A's on Friday.

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Hernandez lasted just four innings Sunday but struck out ten. He walked four in the outing, and needed 92 pitches (54 strikes).

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Hernandez (back) reported no issues after throwing a bullpen session Thursday, putting him on track to start Sunday against the Angels, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Hernandez might have won the Cy Young award had he not faced the Angels last season. In five starts against the Angels, Hernandez was bruised for a 6.25 ERA and an 11.7 H/9. In his 28 other starts, he posted a 2.56 ERA and a 7.5 H/9. Go figure. Overall, it was another stellar campaign for the 26-year-old. Hernandez went on an amazing two-and-a-half-month run, posting a 1.40 ERA with 100 strikeouts and 17 walks in 14 starts from mid-June through August that also included a perfect game. Early fears of a lost velocity proved mostly insignificant as Hernandez posted his fourth consecutive season of 200-plus strikeouts. He also recorded a 62.0 percent groundball rate. Expect more of the same this season, and hope he can solve the Angels.

2012

Coming off a Cy Young season, Hernandez's 3.47 ERA from last year looks disappointing, but the bump in ERA is probably best explained by a lower strand rate and significantly higher BABIP. Hernandez's walk and strikeout rates remained consistent with the previous year (the K rate actually increased in 2011), and he's still generating a ton of ground balls. He still doesn't get much run support, but with his devastating arsenal of pitches and electric stuff, he'll continue to be one of the game's best pitchers.

2011

Hernandez turned in another dominating season last year, and this time he was rewarded with the American League Cy Young award. Hernandez, who finished second in Cy Young balloting in 2009, led the AL last season in innings pitched, ERA, H/9IP, quality starts, batting average against and OPS against and was second in strikeouts and third in complete games (both by one). Just as impressive, he continued to be a groundball/strikeout machine. Since he entered the league, no pitcher in baseball has struck out more batters per nine innings and gotten as many groundball outs as Hernandez. The only mark against him in 2010 was his 13 wins, fewest ever for a Cy Young winner. But an AL-low 3.10 runs of support was responsible for that.

2010

Hernandez came up just short in his bid for the Cy Young, but his 2009 season was a remarkable feat nonetheless. No starting pitcher struck out more batters per nine innings and got as many groundball outs as Hernandez. He led the AL in OPS against at .605, and no pitcher in baseball threw as many quality starts (29) or had a higher quality start percentage (85 percent). Hernandez's youth is still taken for granted at 23, he was the youngest player on the AL All-Star team last season and he was at least two years younger than any of his Cy Young rivals in either league. His focus seemed to sharpen after getting called out publicly by his manager after a poor outing May 19. From that point on, Hernandez went 15-2 with a 1.98 ERA in his final 25 starts. Let's see what his encore brings.

2009

Hernandez was enjoying a dominating season before spraining an ankle in late June last year. The injury sent him to the disabled list and seemed to knock him off stride. In 16 starts before the DL, he had a 2.83 ERA, 2.44 K/BB, 8.0 H/9IP and 3.1 BB/9IP. In 15 starts after the DL, he sunk to a 4.18 ERA, 1.95 K/BB, 9.8 H/9IP and 4.08 BB/9IP. Perhaps the ankle gave him more trouble than he let on -- and he also pitched through late-season groin soreness -- but whatever the case, Hernandez wasn't as sharp in the second half. Still, 2008 saw Hernandez develop better poise on the mound, keeping damage to a minimum by keeping his composure, which helped him evolve from thrower to pitcher. Only 22, Hernandez has more maturing and more developing to do, but he's already a rarity -- only two starters had a higher strikeout rate and a higher groundball rate than Hernandez last year. Better defense (the Mariners have been awful the last few years) and better run support (his 3.68 RS was the second-lowest in the AL last season) would help Hernandez's prospects as well.

2008

For all of Hernandez's frustrating peaks and valleys last year, it's important to remember just how unique he is. Hernandez had the highest K/9IP (7.80) last season of any starter with a G/F ratio of at least 2.00. Since he came into the league, in fact, no starter other than Felix has struck out more batters per nine and had a G/F higher than 2.10. All that, and he's 21, which partly explains his command problems - he's still learning. A quarter of his runs allowed last year came in the first inning, though he's actually better the first time through the lineup (.752 OPS) than the second time through (.791). A minor elbow injury interrupted a fine start to the season, but Hernandez's foremost problem is his inability to control his fastball - not an uncommon problem for 21-year-olds who throw in the high 90s. If Hernandez evolves this year from a thrower to pitcher (and if the elbow doesn't flare up - no small thing with this organization's injury history), he'll earn the title of staff ace, bestowed upon him last year by default - and unfortunately so because of the requisite expectations.

2007

After a highly impressive 2005 debut, Hernandez was surprisingly disappointing in 2006. Various theories were floated inside and outside the organization as to why he struggled, but generally speaking when he kept the ball down he cruised; when he left it up he got hit. Hernandez posted an 8.3 K/9 and nearly a 3:1 K:BB with the sixth-best G/F rate in baseball at 2.39, showing the tools are there to dominate as expected. The Mariners limited his innings last season and likely will do so again.

2006

Hernandez's long-anticipated debut couldn't have been more impressive. In 12 major league starts, he posted a 2.67 ERA, 0.996 WHIP and a K/BB rate of more than 3/1 (77/23). It took eight starts for his ERA to surpass 2.00 and five starts before he gave up his first extra-base hit. He still has bouts of wildness (in two games he walked four batters each; in his 10 other starts, he walked a combined 15), but Hernandez proved overpowering for the most part. Of his 61 hits allowed only 14 were for extra bases. He induced 149 ground-ball outs to 45 fly-ball outs, a rate (3.31) that would have led the American League. The Mariners again will limit his innings to 190 and still won't let him throw his above-average slider.

2005

Hernandez, one of baseball's top prospects, won't turn 19 until April 8, but he could find himself in Seattle by then. He tore through the California League last season before a successful promotion to Double-A San Antonio. On the major league scouting scale of 20 to 80, Hernandez's curveball and 99 mph fastball rate at 70. He also throws an above-average slider that runs up to 91 mph and looks a lot like his fastball. He could make the big-league team out of spring training, but he'll likely start the season at Triple-A Tacoma. It'll be hard to keep Hernandez, who has been compared to Dwight Gooden, down on the farm.

2004

Signed out Venezuela, Hernandez dominated Rookie ball, and earned a promotion to Low A in 2003 as a 17-year-old. At 6-foot-3 and 170 pounds, hes thin as a rake but can get his fastball into the high 90s and has one of the best curveballs in the organization. Hes still developing a change up but blew away rookies with the two-pitch repertoire. Hes raw, prone to overthrowing, and needs to bulk up a bit, but hes quickly become one of the most talked about pitchers in the low minors. He should begin the season in Low-A with a High-A promotion a possibility. Hell need to learn to pitch before hes ready to move beyond A-ball but hes a player to keep tabs on.