2017 Reds

Ariel Hernandez Might Already Be Elite

We’ve been marveling over this guy since his big league debut, but: Ariel Hernandez might already be elite, says Jeff Sullivan over at FanGraphs:

Hernandez is right there with Kimbrel and McCullers in curveball speed, horizontal break, and vertical break. Hernandez also throws 98, and he has better control than ever before. I don’t know how much more there is to need to see. I suppose we need to know how much Hernandez has truly improved his location. But if he has even half of a clue, good heavens.

Go read the whole piece and be amazed. Then remember this: the Reds got Hernandez for free!

8 thoughts on “Ariel Hernandez Might Already Be Elite

  1. Ok, after one big league appearance? But, what do you mean, “we got him for free”?

    • I think that Chad means if that one relief appearance, and his subsequent outings, is an indication of his ability, than he may already be elite. I would like to see him pitch (soon) in the majors again to see if he can repeat that kind of performance.

    • Are you basing your facts on 2017? Or from when he was 16 in rookie ball lol there is such thing as a pitcher working on his stuff and improving! This is not a fluke what you are seeing is pure determination and hard work! Give the man some credit

      • Well, even looking at his more recent seasons, his BB/9 is still really high, and he’s projected for a 5.54 BB/9 this season, which is atrocious.

        He has electric stuff, as his high K/9 belies, but the last thing you want is a reliever who walks people.

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