- Full name Nicholas Hernandez
- Born 07/30/1988 in Hialeah, FL
- Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 216 / Bats: L / Throws: L
- School Tennessee
Drafted in the 12th round (377th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009 (signed for $125,000).
View Draft ReportMore was expected of several Tennessee pitchers, starting with lefthander Nick Hernandez, whose father Nicolas was the eighth overall pick in the 1978 draft as a catcher. He's also the nephew of major league umpire Angel Hernandez. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Hernandez was a potential top 100 pick entering the spring after he led the Cape Cod League with six wins and 57 innings last summer. He showed tremendous control as a sophomore, walking just nine in 84 innings. His walk rate increased this year, and when he caught the plate it was the fat part too frequently. Opponents hit .317 off him with 38 extra-base hits this spring. The velocity on his 88-91 mph fastball fluctuated all year, which made his plus changeup less effective. Hernandez's curveball is below-average, and he'll have to improve that to be a starter long-term in pro ball. He pitched better down the stretch, going at least six innings in each of his final six starts, and could still go in the first six rounds.