LUIGI HERNANDEZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: September 21, 2003
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Hernandez was born in New York but signed out of the Dominican. He’s athletic and, since he signed, his fastball has reached 95-96 mph. He also throws a change and curve, with the change being possibly the better pitch.
In his DSL debut, Hernandez served as a starter and probably pitched a lot better than his ERA, as he was plagued by an extremely low strand rate. His WHIP wasn’t horrible and he had a good K rate.
Hernandez pitched mostly in relief in the FCL. He missed a great many bats but had trouble throwing strikes. He got somewhat better with that after his first few outings; he walked seven in his first four and a third innings and seven in his next 16. The Pirates moved him up to Bradenton near the end of the season and he made three relief appearances.
Hernandez has a good arm and doesn’t have quite the level of control problems that some other pitchers in the lower levels have.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible:2027
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2025
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|January 15, 2021: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.