Ariel Hernandez

Position: RHP
Born: 03/02/92
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 230
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Acquired in the Minor League phase of the 2015 Rule 5 Draft from the Diamondbacks Dec. 10, 2015 (CIN). Originally signed as an international free agent (Dominican Republic) May 26, 2009 (SFG).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2016 Season Stats: Went a combined 3-2 with a 2.18 ERA in 43 games between Dayton (Class A) and Daytona (High A), allowing 29 hits and walking 39 in 62 innings while striking out 74, limiting opposing hitters to a .136 average. In seven games at Pensacola (Double-A), he was 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA, striking out 14 while walking four and allowing four hits in eight innings with a .143 batting average against.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Pensacola April 23 when LHP Lisalverto Bonilla was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 04/24/17

Debut Details
April 24, in an 11-7 loss to the Brewers. The second of four pitchers, he tossed 2 2/3 innings of perfect relief, striking out five. He inherited one runner whom he left stranded. Coming on in relief of left-handed starter Amir Garrett with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, two runs in and Manny Pina on first base, he got Hernan Perez to ground into a forceout to second before striking out Keon Broxton looking to end the threat. In the fifth inning, he retired Orlando Arcia on a groundout to third base, then struck out both Jhan Marinez and Jonathan Villar swinging. In the sixth, he got Eric Thames to lead off with a fly out to center before striking out both Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana swinging.

Player Notes
Hernandez, who has had an interesting and well-traveled career for someone who just turned 25, had about as perfect an MLB debut as anyone could dream of. The eighth Reds player to make his debut this season, he was sent back down to the minors one day later to clear a bullpen spot for Barrett Astin but certainly made his presence and ability known before he left. After spending the first five years of his pro career in the Giants' system, he was released by San Francisco during 2015 spring training. He signed on with an independent team, the Frontier Greys, where he worked with their pitching coach, Billy Bryk, Jr. In May, Bryk's dad, a longtime scout and front office executive with the Diamondbacks, watched Hernandez and signed him. However, when the club did not protect him on the 40-man roster at season's end, he was picked up by the Reds in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft and turned in tremendous numbers between two Class A stops in 2016. Though he's been plagued by some control issues over the course of his career, hitters have always had trouble of their own hitting his mid- to high-90s fastball and double-plus power curve. In 2016, he allowed a total of four extra-base hits all season, and over his career has gone 15-4 with a 3.77 ERA, striking out 241 batters in 212 2/3 innings and limiting hitters to a .177 batting average against.

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