LUIGI HERNANDEZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: September 21, 2003
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 185
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2019, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

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.

2021
DSL:  0-6-0, 7.18 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, 41.1 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 10.6 K/9

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.

2022
R:  3-0-0, 3.98 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 20.1 IP, 6.2 BB/9, 14.6 K/9
A:  0-0-1, 3.86 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 4.2 IP, 5.8 BB/9, 5.8 K/9

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.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
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
TRANSACTIONS
January 15, 2021: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
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