Texas Rangers prospect pitcher Jonathan Hernandez was slated to start last night for the Frisco Roughriders, in what would have been his 23 start of the season, and his 13th start for Frisco. Instead, however, he was a scratch, and has been placed on the minor league disabled list. It sounds like it is largely precautionary, and is not a major issue, but this likely means his season is over, with the final regular season game for Frisco being Monday, September 3, 2018.
If his season is done, its been a generally successful one for the 22 year old righthander who was added to the 40 man roster last offseason. Hernandez began the year at Down East and was outstanding, putting up a 2.20 ERA in 57.1 IP over 10 starts, with 77 Ks against 17 walks. Upon being promoted to Frisco, he struggled initially, and his overall AA numbers reflect that — a 4.92 ERA with 57 Ks against 36 walks in 64 innings. He finished strong, however — in his final four starts he allowed a .167/.270/.244 slash line to the 89 batters he faced, putting up a 1.14 ERA in 23.2 IP with 27 Ks against 10 walks.
Hernandez still needs to improve his command to solidify himself as a major league rotation option down the line, but all in all, it was a very good season for Hernandez, and he’s someone to look forward to following in 2019.