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Felix Hernandez
Birthdate: 4/8/1986 (30 y, 11 m, 15 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/230     Position: P
Contract: $175M / 7 Years (2013 - 2019) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Hernandez is expected back in Mariners camp from the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, Doug Miller of MLB.com reports. (3/21/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Felix Hernandez’s fastball velocity has been on the decline for a decade now, but 2016 was the first season where that seemed to actually limit his effectiveness as a pitcher.  Last year was the first season since 2008 that Hernandez struck out fewer than eight batters per nine innings, and his 3.8 walks per nine were a career high.  Perhaps Hernandez’s calf injury had something to do with his poor performance, but his 4.45 ERA in May prior to the injury was hardly vintage Felix.  Still, there is some hope that Hernandez could bounce back in 2017.  For one, Hernandez has maintained a similar velocity differential between his fastball and changeup.  For another, Hernandez’s 14.5 percent home run per flyball rate was uncharacteristically high, especially in a home park in Safeco Field that has traditionally limited home runs relative to average parks.  There are certainly signs that Hernandez could be next in line of once-dominant pitchers to lose their edge in the 30s, but he has the diversity of pitches and favorable park that I am willing to draft him as a top-30 fantasy starter and hope for the bounce back.  (Scott Spratt)

The Quick Opinion: Felix Hernandez had an uncharacteristically poor 2016 season with just 7.2 strikeouts per nine, 3.8 walks per nine, and a 3.82 ERA.  Perhaps his declining fastball velocity was the culprit, perhaps his calf injury was somewhat responsible, but whatever the case, he has enough going for him with his exceptional pitch mix and pitcher-friendly home park to give him a chance to bounce back.

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SeasonPitchPitchesABPAH1B2B3BHRBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPAVGminVelmaxVelVel
2007CH1082325631022050001.26177.089.785.5
2008CH15441429450010110001.22081.989.286.6
2009CH191475010820010111100.21381.590.687.5
2010CH6021841922822501608100210.15283.991.889.6
2011CH7902512633930531100861107.15585.291.789.4
2012CH8262212425042305170803017.22685.091.889.3
2013CH300798117951200240202.21581.191.788.5
2014CH112031233150347181401062036.16085.491.989.3
2015CH8322272495538926140573238.24284.490.888.1
2016CH65818620434245141505330010.18383.790.387.1
TotalCH55811571167929821447829800514136952.19077.091.988.7

SeasonPitchPitchesBB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBABIPwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2007CH1088.0 %20.0 %0.40.261.320.565.885.304.2504.00.9.375144
2008CH1542.4 %26.2 %0.09.220.238.341.580.122.3002.4-2.6.25265
2009CH1912.0 %22.0 %0.09.213.240.255.495.043.2701.6-4.4.22243
2010CH6023.1 %42.2 %0.07.152.179.196.375.043.265-1.1-23.2.17012
2011CH7903.8 %32.7 %0.12.155.190.211.401.056.2301.5-28.1.18121
2012CH8267.0 %33.1 %0.21.226.290.308.598.081.33118.9-8.7.27081
2013CH3000.0 %29.6 %0.00.215.210.380.590.165.2734.8-4.1.24968
2014CH11204.2 %32.0 %0.13.160.201.266.467.106.21210.4-25.2.21143
2015CH8325.6 %22.9 %0.25.242.293.379.672.137.29524.0-4.0.29395
2016CH6587.4 %26.0 %0.28.183.255.285.540.102.23311.3-12.7.24262
TotalCH55814.8 %30.6 %0.16.190.234.285.519.095.26077.3-112.5.23255

SeasonPitchPitchesLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBStrikesBallsPitchesxMovzMovMov
2007CH10816.7 %50.0 %33.3 %0.0 %33.3 %6741108-3.31.37.6
2008CH15423.3 %56.7 %20.0 %0.0 %0.0 %10450154-6.73.49.0
2009CH19113.9 %61.1 %25.0 %11.1 %0.0 %12764191-6.63.17.9
2010CH60221.0 %63.0 %16.0 %31.3 %6.3 %387215602-6.62.87.7
2011CH79014.6 %64.0 %21.3 %22.9 %2.9 %554236790-6.50.07.2
2012CH82613.6 %56.4 %30.0 %23.8 %11.9 %515311826-5.61.46.9
2013CH30014.3 %55.4 %30.4 %17.6 %11.8 %199101300-6.83.48.5
2014CH112017.6 %68.1 %14.2 %17.2 %27.6 %7094111120-6.4-0.17.0
2015CH83221.9 %62.1 %16.0 %18.5 %22.2 %549283832-6.5-0.17.1
2016CH65818.3 %68.7 %13.0 %0.0 %23.5 %435223658-6.7-0.17.1
TotalCH558117.6 %63.0 %19.5 %18.1 %14.2 %364619355581-6.40.97.3

SeasonPitchPitchesO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%SwStr%pVALpVAL/C
2007CH10827.7 %57.4 %44.4 %30.8 %80.0 %66.7 %56.5 %14.8 %-0.7-0.7
2008CH15431.3 %72.2 %55.2 %65.0 %78.5 %75.3 %58.4 %13.6 %3.42.2
2009CH19133.7 %75.8 %55.5 %48.4 %81.3 %71.7 %51.8 %15.7 %2.21.1
2010CH60244.1 %79.4 %57.5 %46.1 %79.0 %63.3 %37.9 %21.1 %16.62.8
2011CH79051.1 %73.5 %60.3 %60.5 %86.1 %73.3 %41.0 %16.1 %24.03.0
2012CH82642.0 %69.9 %52.4 %52.5 %87.5 %70.0 %37.4 %15.7 %6.00.7
2013CH30039.2 %67.9 %52.0 %47.7 %90.1 %72.4 %44.7 %14.3 %2.30.8
2014CH112044.2 %71.4 %53.2 %53.8 %83.4 %67.0 %33.1 %17.6 %16.51.5
2015CH83242.5 %73.8 %54.6 %57.1 %87.8 %73.1 %38.6 %14.7 %4.40.5
2016CH65849.3 %74.8 %57.9 %59.5 %86.8 %71.4 %33.7 %16.6 %12.81.9
TotalCH558144.2 %72.7 %55.2 %54.7 %84.9 %70.1 %38.7 %16.5 %87.41.6