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Ivan Hernandez

Born: 07/28/1991 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 249
Mechanics
Big frame; likely maxed; sturdy body with thick legs; low 3/4th arm slot; good arm speed; will drag arm across body; opens up; ability to drive off back foot and provide explosion; opening up will disrupt timing off delivery and hinder command; has trouble repeating the entire delivery; sometimes will drop arm slot and lose all command; plane is not great from his arm slot.
Evaluator Tucker Blair
Report Date 06/29/2014
Affiliate Aberdeen IronBirds (Short Season, Orioles)
Dates Seen 6/28/2014
OFP 30
Realistic 30; Organizational Player
Video No
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 50 60 92-96 97 Explosive pitch with excellent velocity; mild armside run at 92-94; straightens out at higher velocity; cannot command anything over 95 mph; struggles to command pitch in general; erratic and often aims the pitch; opening up and dragging arm are biggest factors for lack of command; pitch can be refined with improvement to mechanics and understanding he does not need to overpower everyone; poor plane makes pitch lose value.
SL 35 45 79 79 Needs work; casted four SL in this appearance; slight sweep but hangs in the middle of the plate too long; hard contact on two of them; other two were balls; mild tilt but telegraphs pitch and is easy to pick up out of his hand. Refinement possible if he can replicate arm speed and tighten grip.
CH     83 83 Limited look; threw one CH at 83 with no feel or fade; looked like his fastball with mild armside run.
Overall

Hernandez has a big arm but a long ways to go before he becomes a consistent reliever. The secondary pitches do not project to be average, which likely holds back Hernandez in the long run. He can live off the FB for now, but the SL will need major improvement before he reaches full season leagues. Overall, this is likely an org arm with slight potential to become more if the skill-set clicks.

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