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Jonathan Hernández

Born: 07/06/1996 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3" Weight: 190
Rotational high effort delivery with short first step and rotational momentum around plant foot. Clean arm action out of a cross-fire delivery with plus arm speed and strength. Below average extension reduces effective velocity.
Evaluator Kevin Carter
Report Date 05/17/2019
Affiliate Frisco RoughRiders (AA, Rangers)
Dates Seen 5/7/2019
OFP 55
MLB ETA 2019
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 60 94-96 98 Four-seam from cross-fire arm action with arm-side life. Premium velocity that doesn't tail off in extended outings. Tries to work in/out with the pitch. Below average command.
Slider 60 87-88 88 Hard plus slider with tight spin and plus dive. Hard to pick up out of hand and it looks like fastball before dropping off a cliff and glove-side. Advanced feel for the pitch.
Curveball 55 82-83 83 Hard with true curve shape. Flashes above average with above-average depth and tight shape. Comfortable throwing within the zone, but has inconsistent feel and occasionally leaves it in bad spots.
Changeup 45 86 86 Deceptive arm speed. Fringy tumble with limited fade. Not a true swing-and-miss changeup unless hitter is completely fooled by arm speed. Flat when left up in zone.

Hernandez has a wiry frame with good athleticism and body control with a rotational crossfire delivery that causes him to occasionally loose his release point and effects his command negatively. He works with a 94-96 fastball with arm-side action, a plus hard 87-88 slider with dive and glove-side break, a potential above-average 82-83 true curveball, and a fringe-average 86 changeup.

Jonathan Hernandez profiles as a medium leverage reliever, where he can use a potent 4-pitch mix and high effort premium velocity in short stints to attack hitters with his full arsenal. Hernandez's lack of extension towards home plate and below-average command limits the effectiveness of his fastball, and the delivery makes it challenging to project more command. If he does manage to improve the command to even fringe-average, his quality pitch mix could carry him to a No. 4 starter role in the MLB or into a late innings/high-leverage role in an MLB bullpen.

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