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Hernandez vs Tampa Bay AAA - 3/24


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Did he dominate by being a thrower or by being a complete pitcher (commanding/mixing pitches)?

Hopefully, he wasn't just throwing heat and blowing away minor leaguers?

BJ Uptom isn't a minor leaguer. His command obviously was excellant when you only throw 53 pitches in 5 innings of work.

Edit: Beat me by 2 minutes

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That's good to hear. We have seen that Hernandez can dominate with strikeouts when he's on. The fact that he K'd 8 guys in 5 IP and still kept is pitch count down is also a good sign. Consistency is the key with all players. Can he do it again, and again, and again, etc.? Pitching lines like that in the minors get you promotions.

Prediction:

Hernandez becomes a 2-3 inning guy in the 6-7-8 in July/August. He gets a couple starts in September and gets ready to compete for a job in 2010. Think Justin Masterson and MAYBE Joba. (Sorry, just had to use familiar references)

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The more updates I see on DH the happier I get. He's really grown on me since I watched him in Frederick two seasons ago. I know he gets lumped by many in a group of pitchers as a guy who's future may lie in the pen, but I really think Dave's got the stuff and the fortitude to make it as a SP.

As long as he controls his pitch counts and continues to refine his offspeed pitch, I think he's going to have a pretty successful season at Norfolk.

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David can press the starter argument if his change-up develops. With 3 quality pitches, he would have the arsenal for starting. Otherwise, he risks becoming pigeon-holed into a 2 pitch reliever.

In addition to the big 3, I'm paying close attention to David, Erbe, Patton, and Beato. What an exciting year to be following the MiLB birds!

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Prediction:

Hernandez becomes a 2-3 inning guy in the 6-7-8 in July/August. He gets a couple starts in September and gets ready to compete for a job in 2010. Think Justin Masterson and MAYBE Joba. (Sorry, just had to use familiar references)

Hernandez should only need a few starts in AAA to prove that he's ready. If he keeps mowing them down like he has done, he'll be here sooner than later, and not in the bullpen.

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Hernandez should only need a few starts in AAA to prove that he's ready. If he keeps mowing them down like he has done, he'll be here sooner than later, and not in the bullpen.

I think you are wrong about the amount of time he needs in AAA. He barely averaged 5 IP per start last year, and that won't cut it in the majors. He needs to work on his change-up, get his pitch counts down, and get to the point where he can go 6+ on a semi-regular basis. That's not happening in just a few starts - half a season, minimum.

On the other hand, if the O's needed bullpen help, he could probably do that without needing too much more polish.

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Hernandez was very impressive in todays start going 5 innings. DHernandez K'd BJ Uptom 3 times today and in his 5 innings oo work threw 52 pitches today.

His linescore as follows:

5(IP) 1(H) 0® 0(BB) 8(SO)

Wow!!! 52 pitches with 8 K's!! That's amazing, I wonder what his balls to strikes he threw that day.

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