Affiliate: Omaha Storm Chasers
League: Pacific Coast League
Born: 02/09/1996 (Age: 27)
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent September 18, 2012 (KCR)
Hernandez worked as a starter across three levels last year, finishing 2018 in Triple-A. Eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, the Royals sent him to Fall League to get reps out of the ‘pen before deciding whether to protect him. They ultimately did, so Hernandez is on the team’s 40-Man Roster heading into 2019. We like Hernandez more in the ‘pen, where his mid-90s fastball and sharp breaking ball have a chance to play up. He could surface in the big leagues in the next two seasons.