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Portrait of Roberto Hernandez

Roberto Hernandez PWhite Sox

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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
17 1010 1071.3 67 71 326 3.45 13.1
Birth Date11-11-1964
Height6' 4"
Weight220 lbs
Age54 years, 4 months, 15 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
1991 CHA MLB 9 3 15.0 1 0 0 18 7 6 1 99 10.8 4.2 0.6 3.6 48% .309 1.67 4.37 7.80 114 5.62 130.1 -0.1
1992 CHA MLB 43 0 71.0 7 3 12 45 20 68 4 98 5.7 2.5 0.5 8.6 36% .227 0.92 2.61 1.65 79 3.01 73.0 1.5
1993 CHA MLB 70 0 78.7 3 4 38 66 20 71 6 99 7.6 2.3 0.7 8.1 47% .276 1.09 2.94 2.29 77 2.94 63.5 2.0
1994 CHA MLB 45 0 47.7 4 4 14 44 19 50 5 98 8.3 3.6 0.9 9.4 38% .298 1.32 3.72 4.91 92 4.33 87.3 0.6
1995 CHA MLB 60 0 59.7 3 7 32 63 28 84 9 99 9.5 4.2 1.4 12.7 41% .365 1.53 3.84 3.92 66 3.76 77.0 1.1
1996 CHA MLB 72 0 84.7 6 5 38 65 38 85 2 96 6.9 4.0 0.2 9.0 40% .274 1.22 2.89 1.91 84 4.07 80.3 1.4
1997 CHA 0 46 0 48.0 5 1 27 38 24 47 5 95 7.1 4.5 0.9 8.8 56% .262 1.29 4.10 2.44 81 3.57 74.2 0.9
1997 SFN 0 28 0 32.7 5 2 4 29 14 35 2 101 8.0 3.9 0.6 9.6 57% .314 1.32 3.01 2.48 79 3.98 82.9 0.5
1998 TBA MLB 67 0 71.3 2 6 26 55 41 55 5 94 6.9 5.2 0.6 6.9 52% .245 1.35 4.52 4.04 108 4.49 93.0 0.7
1999 TBA MLB 72 0 73.3 2 3 43 68 33 69 1 96 8.3 4.1 0.1 8.5 57% .315 1.38 3.00 3.07 80 4.02 78.3 1.2
2000 TBA MLB 68 0 73.3 4 7 32 76 23 61 9 94 9.3 2.8 1.1 7.5 56% .306 1.35 4.21 3.19 88 4.18 80.4 1.2
2001 KCA MLB 63 0 67.7 5 6 28 69 26 46 7 105 9.2 3.5 0.9 6.1 53% .300 1.40 4.27 4.12 107 4.81 99.7 0.4
2002 KCA MLB 53 0 52.0 1 3 26 62 12 39 6 108 10.7 2.1 1.0 6.8 58% .335 1.42 3.92 4.33 98 4.93 105.8 0.2
2003 ATL MLB 66 0 60.0 5 3 0 61 43 45 10 99 9.2 6.5 1.5 6.8 57% .282 1.73 5.94 4.35 110 6.54 137.0 -0.8
2004 PHI MLB 63 0 56.7 3 5 0 66 29 44 9 96 10.5 4.6 1.4 7.0 56% .322 1.68 5.04 4.76 99 4.50 92.8 0.7
2005 NYN MLB 67 0 69.7 8 6 4 57 28 61 5 93 7.4 3.6 0.6 7.9 43% .267 1.22 3.46 2.58 94 3.60 77.4 1.5
2006 NYN 0 22 0 20.7 0 0 0 15 8 15 2 92 6.5 3.5 0.9 6.5 45% .224 1.11 4.07 3.48 98 3.95 80.5 0.4
2006 PIT 0 46 0 43.0 0 3 2 46 24 33 3 96 9.6 5.0 0.6 6.9 49% .305 1.63 4.22 2.93 103 5.68 115.7 0.0
2007 CLE 0 28 0 26.0 3 1 0 33 16 18 2 99 11.4 5.5 0.7 6.2 48% .352 1.88 4.88 6.23 111 5.99 123.9 -0.1
2007 LAN 0 22 0 20.3 0 2 0 26 9 13 3 99 11.5 4.0 1.3 5.8 44% .333 1.72 5.43 6.64 119 6.60 136.5 -0.2
1997 TOT MLB 74 0 80.7 10 3 31 67 38 82 7 98 7.5 4.2 0.8 9.1 56% .283 1.30 3.66 2.45 81 3.73 77.7 1.4
2006 TOT MLB 68 0 63.7 0 3 2 61 32 48 5 94 8.6 4.5 0.7 6.8 48% .281 1.46 4.17 3.11 102 5.12 104.3 0.4
2007 TOT MLB 50 0 46.3 3 3 0 59 25 31 5 99 11.5 4.9 1.0 6.0 46% .344 1.81 5.12 6.41 115 6.26 129.4 -0.4
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Statistics for All Levels

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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
1991 CHA MLB AL 9 3 15.0 1 0 0 18 7 6 1 99 10.8 4.2 0.6 3.6 48% .309 1.67 4.37 7.80 114 5.62 130.1
1992 CHA MLB AL 43 0 71.0 7 3 12 45 20 68 4 98 5.7 2.5 0.5 8.6 36% .227 0.92 2.61 1.65 79 3.01 73.0
1993 CHA MLB AL 70 0 78.7 3 4 38 66 20 71 6 99 7.6 2.3 0.7 8.1 47% .276 1.09 2.94 2.29 77 2.94 63.5
1994 CHA MLB AL 45 0 47.7 4 4 14 44 19 50 5 98 8.3 3.6 0.9 9.4 38% .298 1.32 3.72 4.91 92 4.33 87.3
1995 CHA MLB AL 60 0 59.7 3 7 32 63 28 84 9 99 9.5 4.2 1.4 12.7 41% .365 1.53 3.84 3.92 66 3.76 77.0
1996 CHA MLB AL 72 0 84.7 6 5 38 65 38 85 2 96 6.9 4.0 0.2 9.0 40% .274 1.22 2.89 1.91 84 4.07 80.3
1997 CHA MLB AL 46 0 48.0 5 1 27 38 24 47 5 95 7.1 4.5 0.9 8.8 56% .262 1.29 4.10 2.44 81 3.57 74.2
1997 SFN MLB NL 28 0 32.7 5 2 4 29 14 35 2 101 8.0 3.9 0.6 9.6 57% .314 1.32 3.01 2.48 79 3.98 82.9
1998 TBA MLB AL 67 0 71.3 2 6 26 55 41 55 5 94 6.9 5.2 0.6 6.9 52% .245 1.35 4.52 4.04 108 4.49 93.0
1999 TBA MLB AL 72 0 73.3 2 3 43 68 33 69 1 96 8.3 4.1 0.1 8.5 57% .315 1.38 3.00 3.07 80 4.02 78.3
2000 TBA MLB AL 68 0 73.3 4 7 32 76 23 61 9 94 9.3 2.8 1.1 7.5 56% .306 1.35 4.21 3.19 88 4.18 80.4
2001 KCA MLB AL 63 0 67.7 5 6 28 69 26 46 7 105 9.2 3.5 0.9 6.1 53% .300 1.40 4.27 4.12 107 4.81 99.7
2002 KCA MLB AL 53 0 52.0 1 3 26 62 12 39 6 108 10.7 2.1 1.0 6.8 58% .335 1.42 3.92 4.33 98 4.93 105.8
2003 ATL MLB NL 66 0 60.0 5 3 0 61 43 45 10 99 9.2 6.5 1.5 6.8 57% .282 1.73 5.94 4.35 110 6.54 137.0
2004 PHI MLB NL 63 0 56.7 3 5 0 66 29 44 9 96 10.5 4.6 1.4 7.0 56% .322 1.68 5.04 4.76 99 4.50 92.8
2005 NYN MLB NL 67 0 69.7 8 6 4 57 28 61 5 93 7.4 3.6 0.6 7.9 43% .267 1.22 3.46 2.58 94 3.60 77.4
2006 NYN MLB NL 22 0 20.7 0 0 0 15 8 15 2 92 6.5 3.5 0.9 6.5 45% .224 1.11 4.07 3.48 98 3.95 80.5
2006 PIT MLB NL 46 0 43.0 0 3 2 46 24 33 3 96 9.6 5.0 0.6 6.9 49% .305 1.63 4.22 2.93 103 5.68 115.7
2007 CLE MLB AL 28 0 26.0 3 1 0 33 16 18 2 99 11.4 5.5 0.7 6.2 48% .352 1.88 4.88 6.23 111 5.99 123.9
2007 LAN MLB NL 22 0 20.3 0 2 0 26 9 13 3 99 11.5 4.0 1.3 5.8 44% .333 1.72 5.43 6.64 119 6.60 136.5

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2004-05-05 2004-05-20 15-DL 15 14 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2003-08-13 2003-09-02 15-DL 20 19 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2003-06-12 2003-06-27 15-DL 15 13 Right Abdomen Strain -
2002-03-31 2002-05-02 15-DL 32 25 Right Elbow Strain -
1991-04-02 1991-04-02 Minors 0 0 - Forearm Surgery Blood Cloot After Impingement In Chest - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2007 CLE $3,300,000
2006 PIT $2,750,000
2005 NYN $650,000
2004 PHI $750,000
2003 ATL $600,000
2002 KCA $6,000,000
2001 KCA $6,000,000
2000 TBA $6,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$26,050,000
8 yrTotal$26,050,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
16 y 11 dHendricks Sports Mgmt1 year/$3.5M (2007), 2008 option

Details
  • 1 year/3.5M (2007), plus 2008 club option. Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/06. 07:$3.3M, 08:$3.7M club option, $0.2M buyout. DFA by Cleveland 6/20/07. Released 6/28/07. Signed as a free agent 7/6/07 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 7/18/07. Sent outright to Triple-A 10/12/07.
  • 1 year/$2.75M (2006). Signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent 12/05. Acquired in trade from Pittsburgh 7/06.
  • 1 year/$0.65M (2005). Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 1/05 (minor-league contract). Contract purchased 4/05.
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2004). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/03.
  • 1 year/$0.6M (2003). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/03. May earn additional $0.4M in bonuses.
  • 2001-02: Kansas City. Kansas City exercised $6M 2002 option.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2008 When Earl Weaver said that the hitters will tell you when a pitcher is done, he was referring to in-game situations, but the jury appears to have rendered a verdict on Roberto Hernandez's career as well.
2006 At first glance, one would assume his improvement was a simple case of moving from the pitching hell of Philadelphia to Shea Stadium. In actuality, he pitched almost identically in New York in `05 as he did in Philadelphia in `04. It was on the road where the big swing came, his ERA deflating by about 80%. If the home value is constant and the true road value lands somewhere between the extremes, he`s a handy pitcher to have around, 41 summers or not. Signed to a one-year deal by the Pirates to set up or perhaps even close.
2004 Then again, some reclamation projects fail. Hernandez still throws hard, but he couldn't find the strike zone in '03, and spoilt time on the DL with abdominal and hamstring injuries. His 4.35 ERA wasn't good to begin with, and far overstates his offoctivonoss. Now 39, and three years removed from his last good season, he's going to have to settle for a minor leatue contract. On second thought, the Phillies needed a new Jose Mesa.
2003 Look at the bright side: few men have done more to disprove the myth of the importance of a closer more than Hernandez. The Royals went hard after Hernandez after the 2000 season because their bullpen became the first in history to blow more than half of their save opportunities. Even as Hernandez converted over 80% of his opportunities the past two years, the Royals still fell from 77 wins to 65 to 62. And for the privilege, the Royals shelled out $12 million, not to mention Johnny Damon. Even Allard Baird can learn this lesson: a closer is simply a reliever who gets to pitch the ninth inning. And there are better ways to spend $6 million a year than on a 70-inning pitcher.
2002 Wow, imagine how bad the Royals might have been without a Proven Veteran Closer. Not only did they trade Johnny Damon for Hernandez, but Allard Baird's insistence that Hernandez is a major asset led them to not trade him at the deadline and to pick up his $6-million option for 2002. A six-month CD would be a better use of the money. Check that Stuff column: he's deep into a decline, so even expecting saves from him is risky.
2001 With some decent live arms coming through the system and no hope of contending in 2001, the Devil Rays did well to convert Roberto Hernandez into Ben Grieve. Hernandez is a consistent relief pitcher with a sprinkle of the "closer" fairy dust and no visible scars or contusions. He'll be worth a lot in July when the Royals are 41-46 and looking to purge payroll.
2000 He avoided the extreme wildness that plagued him in 1998 and fashioned an effective season. All the more reason that LaMar should be spanked for not moving him. The demand for veteran relievers always swells near the trading deadline, so if the erratic Hernandez can keep it together for four months, LaMar will have another chance to do the right thing.
1999 Hernandez' season was one of extremes. From the start of the season through May 8, he was dreadful: 15 innings with an ERA of 7.80, a base-runner ratio of 2.33, saving two while blowing three. Then he found his split-finger pitch, and went the next 24 plus innings without allowing an earned run, with as many saves (15) as baserunners. Then he lost it again; the next 23 innings saw a 7.33 ERA, with four of ten saves blown; then September comes and he finishes the year with 8.2 scoreless innings and a 10-2 K:W ratio. He was twice publicly demoted from the closer's role; his resurgences coincided with those demotions almost to the day.
1998 Even though his strikeout rate has fallen a lot the last couple of years, it would have to drop a lot more for him to reach the level of Rod Beck. Beck has already shown that he can pitch well after the fastballís gone. Hernandez hasnít done that yet, and his pitching style doesnít suggest a guy who will take well to the loss of his heater. Even though heís older than Beck, Hernandez hasnít had his mid-career crisis yet. Signed by Tampa Bay to be the closer.
1997 There were complaints as the season went on that Hernandez was being overused. Although you didnít get it from his pitching 84 2/3 innings, Bevington had him warming up far more often than his 72 games tell you. Hernandez came apart in September (6.59 ERA, four losses). Unlike many closers, Hernandez actually throws three different pitches: fastball, slider and forkball. In the past, that was considered part of the problem: Hernandez would get too cute with his breaking stuff, instead of just gassing batters.
1996  As you can see, he's not the young prospect you might think for a guy with only four years in the majors under his belt. He probably logged the worst 30-save season by anybody not named Jeff Reardon. Like a lot of wild power pitchers, he needs a lot of work and a lot of extended outings to consistently succeed. He's definitely miscast as an "inning or less" Eckersley-style closer, and I think a lot of his failure this year was due to a light workload early, when the Sox weren't building too many ninth-inning leads.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much do you look into turn your players around and maximize the value if possible? To be more specific, I thought White Sox were brilliant as they were able to turn controllable RPs to closers then sell it, with the next waves of prospects coming up.
(Jim from Seattle)
Thanks Jim, hoping it's a good day in the Northwest. Very few players remain with your club for an extended period, so as a GM you are always looking an incremental improvement at every position. Your staff and scouts have to always look at ways of maximizing a player's value, sometimes moving a starter to a closer like we did in Chicago with Roberto Hernandez. Switching positions is another way, like we did with Russell Martin in Los Angeles, as we drafted him as a 3B and moved him to catcher. (Dan Evans)
2012-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dan, with great respect, I confess that I though ill of the White Sox in 1997. They had spent a fortune on bringing Albert Belle to the team - a guy who's behaviour made him hard to cheer for no matter how well he hit, then traded two of their star pitchers at the trading deadline (Wilson Alvarez and Roberto Hernandez) when they seemingly still had a chance at the division. Can you give us some explanatory background to these doings?
(hotstatrat from Canada)
That was an organizational decision, and it paid dividends in 2000 when the team, bolstered by the trade you mentioned (six or seven players in return from the Giants), won the Central Division title, as Foulke and Howry got a lot of our key outs in the final stages of games. (Dan Evans)
2012-03-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Top "bert" players by position (according to WARP): SP - Bert Blyleven, RP - Roberto Hernandez, C - Mike Lieberthal, 1B - Albert Pujols, 2B - Roberto Alomar, SS - Bert Campaneris, 3B - Alberto Callaspo, LF - Albert Belle, CF - Roberto Kelly, RF - Roberto Clemente, DH - Butch Alberts.
(bradleyankrom from TPAFLA)
Bradley Ankrom, folks. He does it all. Transactions browsers, prospects number-crunching, and All-Bert team stat queries. (R.J. Anderson)


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