Darwinzon Hernandez
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Hernandez is a mesmerizing pitcher to watch. He can throw his first pitch and you already have your phone out working on your FAAB claim for the week. Yet, by the end of that plate appearance, you've either deleted it, or upped your bid by 50%. He has an electric fastball that dances on its way to the plate. He can throw a devastating breaking ball when he is up in the count and batters have to either protect or are looking fastball. The issues come in between as Hernandez's offerings rarely go where the catcher wants them to go. While 57 strikeouts in 30.1 innings of work should get your attention, so should those 26 walks. He worked 77.2 innings over three levels last year, striking out 136 batters while walking 74. A quasi Steve Dalkowski if you will. If Hernandez could find some consistent command of his pitches, he would be a devastating late-inning reliever. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Red Sox in August of 2013 that includes a $7,500 singing bonus.
Possible future closer
PBoston Red Sox
April 11, 2020
Hernandez could evolve into the Red Sox's closer in 2021, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hernandez, a minor-league starter, was needed in Boston's bullpen last year and thrived in the role, striking out 50 over 27.1 innings as a reliever. The 23-year-old left-hander will return to the 'pen in 2020, when Brandon Workman is set to close out games. However, Workman becomes an unrestricted free agent following the season, and he has a limited track record as a closer. The Red Sox feel Hernandez, who walked 7.7 batters nine innings in 2019, will make the necessary adjustments and throw more strikes as he matures.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
23
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
15
How many pitches does Darwinzon Hernandez generally throw?
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-72%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-72%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .089 55 31 9 4 2 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .319 92 26 17 23 8 0 1
2019vs Left .089 55 31 9 4 2 0 0
2019vs Right .319 92 26 17 23 8 0 1
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-54%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-54%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 5.49 1.78 19.2 0 1 0 18.8 7.8 0.5
Since 2017Away 2.53 1.69 10.2 0 0 0 13.5 7.6 0.0
2019Home 5.49 1.78 19.2 0 1 0 18.8 7.8 0.5
2019Away 2.53 1.69 10.2 0 0 0 13.5 7.6 0.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Darwinzon Hernandez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.19
 
K/9
16.9
 
BB/9
7.7
 
HR/9
0.3
 
Fastball
95.5 mph
 
ERA
4.45
 
WHIP
1.75
 
BABIP
.477
 
GB/FB
2.08
 
Left On Base
67.8%
 
Exit Velocity
86.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2375 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
32.2%
 
Swinging Strike
13.9%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hernandez opened some eyes in the Arizona Fall League, fanning 24 in 11.1 innings against some of the most polished hitting prospects in baseball. After spending the bulk of the minor-league season as a starter at High-A Salem, the big southpaw moved to the bullpen late with Double-A Portland and continued to work in relief in the AFL. The changeup is decent but lags behind a 70-grade fastball and impressive slider. He's had major walk issues throughout his professional career, failing to post a BB/9 under 4.0 at any stop. As primarily a fastball-breaking ball arm with shaky command, Hernandez is a long shot to make it as a starter. Thankfully his two bread-and-butter pitches are good enough to where Hernandez can fall back as a high-leverage reliever. While he did not break camp with the team, Hernandez could get the call at any point if the team decides it needs a power lefty out of the bullpen.
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Bullpen in 2020
PBoston Red Sox
March 23, 2020
Hernandez is considered a long-term stater in the organization, but the Red Sox are sticking to their plan of having him throw out of the bullpen in 2020, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
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Viewed as bullpen option
PBoston Red Sox
February 12, 2020
Interim manager Ron Roenicke said Wednesday that Hernandez will compete for a relief role in camp, though the skipper noted that the lefty could get the chance to start again at some point, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Reaches workload limit
PBoston Red Sox
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September 27, 2019
Hernandez has been shut down for workload reasons, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
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Shutdown coming
PBoston Red Sox
September 21, 2019
Hernandez will be available to pitch this weekend against Tampa Bay and then will be shut down, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Becoming bullpen force
PBoston Red Sox
September 8, 2019
Hernandez has made eight consecutive scoreless relief appearances, giving up four hits and five walks while striking out 16 over 8.1 innings.
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