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Felix Hernandez
Birthdate: 4/8/1986 (30 y, 11 m, 19 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-3/230     Position: P
Contract: $175M / 7 Years (2013 - 2019) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Hernandez (2-0) pitched six innings of scoreless, one-hit ball in Thursday's 9-2 Cactus League victory over the Giants. He struck out five. (3/24/2017)
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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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DateTeamOppGSWPA-WPA+WPARE24REWpLIinLIgmLIexLIPullsWPA/LIClutchSDMD
Total- - -- - -312.58-12.6815.2620.782.240.980.980.871.06311.970.6600
DateTeamOppGSWPA-WPA+WPARE24REWpLIinLIgmLIexLIPullsWPA/LIClutchSDMD
2013-09-27SEAOAK1-0.09-0.390.30-0.35-0.040.680.680.870.9110.12-0.2500
2013-09-22SEA@LAA10.08-0.370.450.720.081.561.560.871.1710.000.0500
2013-09-02SEA@KCR1-0.11-0.540.420.070.011.081.080.870.7010.08-0.1900
2013-08-28SEATEX1-0.38-0.640.26-7.04-0.790.910.910.870.061-0.540.1200
2013-08-23SEALAA10.00-0.300.300.650.070.700.700.870.5310.14-0.1400
2013-08-17SEA@TEX1-0.28-0.670.38-2.31-0.231.081.080.920.531-0.02-0.2400
2013-08-11SEAMIL10.46-0.210.673.540.390.970.970.871.3910.380.1000
2013-08-06SEATOR1-0.27-0.620.34-3.79-0.420.860.860.870.071-0.350.0300
2013-08-01SEA@BOS10.17-0.260.432.680.270.900.900.920.1810.150.0400
2013-07-26SEAMIN10.32-0.550.882.980.331.521.520.872.2410.39-0.1800
2013-07-21SEA@HOU10.09-0.030.122.890.300.210.210.870.0210.140.2900
2013-07-13SEALAA10.37-0.160.533.540.390.820.820.870.0610.260.2000
2013-07-08SEABOS10.09-0.590.691.090.121.421.420.870.0210.12-0.0500
2013-07-03SEA@TEX10.17-0.600.771.770.171.271.270.921.8210.000.1400
2013-06-26SEAPIT10.11-0.490.601.090.121.071.070.871.821-0.010.1200
2013-06-20SEA@LAA1-0.21-0.500.28-4.86-0.550.750.750.801.581-0.310.0200
2013-06-15SEA@OAK10.33-0.230.563.170.351.001.000.870.5210.220.1100
2013-06-09SEANYY10.30-0.380.682.090.231.281.280.871.8210.200.0400
2013-06-04SEACHW10.00-0.300.30-0.10-0.010.700.700.871.1110.03-0.0300
DateTeamOppGSWPA-WPA+WPARE24REWpLIinLIgmLIexLIPullsWPA/LIClutchSDMD
2013-05-30SEA@SDP10.21-0.260.472.220.260.800.800.870.0610.29-0.0200
2013-05-25SEATEX1-0.24-0.670.43-1.81-0.200.970.970.871.271-0.380.1300
2013-05-19SEA@CLE1-0.32-0.480.16-3.63-0.390.470.470.870.051-0.33-0.3600
2013-05-14SEA@NYY10.27-0.480.751.950.201.481.480.871.5310.010.1700
2013-05-08SEA@PIT10.41-0.400.822.300.271.251.250.873.2110.220.1100
2013-05-03SEA@TOR10.35-0.210.563.950.410.780.780.870.4310.320.1300
2013-04-27SEALAA10.19-0.370.571.540.170.920.920.872.7810.150.0600
2013-04-22SEA@HOU10.20-0.080.272.890.300.540.540.920.1210.210.1600
2013-04-17SEADET10.30-0.310.612.540.281.041.040.872.2410.31-0.0200
2013-04-11SEATEX1-0.22-0.800.58-1.11-0.121.221.220.870.511-0.17-0.0200
2013-04-06SEA@CHW1-0.15-0.620.47-1.11-0.110.950.950.871.051-0.06-0.1000
2013-04-01SEA@OAK10.41-0.180.593.210.351.061.060.873.1510.380.0100