Darwinzon Hernandez   Pitcher

       
 
Born: December 17, 1996
Birthplace: Ciudad Bolivar, VZ
Height: 6-2
Weight: 245
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent (August 2013)
College: -
High School: -
ETA: Mid 2019
Pronunciation: DAR-win-zin
First Pro Contract: August 26, 2013 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Rolando Pino & Ramon Mora
Signing Bonus: $7,500
   
Pro Debut: June 3, 2014 (DSL Red Sox)
MLB Debut: April 23, 2019 (BOS)
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @hernandezdarwinzon49


Traded to Baltimore for cash (Jan. 2023)
 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Has filled out considerably since he signed. Solid pitcher's frame with a thick lower half. Minimal remaining projection.

Mechanics: Throws from a three-quarters arm slot. Starts with his hands by his belt and keeps them there. High leg kick. Some effort in delivery and short arm action with a wrist wrap behind. Hides the ball well, keeping his arm behind his body until he releases the pitch. Gets great extension towards the plate.

Fastball: 93-95 mph. Tops out at 97 mph. Pitch shows natural cut. Has late life and jumps on hitters, particularly left-handers, due to arm slot, deception, and extension. Pitch has shown the ability to overwhelm hitters in the low minors even when he isn't hitting his spots. Command and control need refinement and are below-average at present. Velocity has shown it plays up in short bursts. Potential plus-to-better offering.

Curveball: 76-79 mph. 1-to-7 break with a high spin rate. Shows feel for the pitch. At its best, really snaps it off and pitch shows depth and tight rotation. Inconsistent, rolls slower at lower velocities. Potential above-average offering.

Changeup: 82-86 mph. Firm. Work in progress, clear third pitch. Will flash fade on occasion. Fringe-average to average potential.

Slider: 83-87 mph. Inconsistent shape, can sometimes move like a cutter. Will flash tight rotation and late bite, but will also get loose when he doesn't finish the pitch. Average potential.
  Career Notes: Signed out of Venezuela in August 2013 for a marginal bonus. Spent two seasons in the DSL, earning a spot in the rotation in 2015. Participated in 2015 and 2016 Fall Instructional League. Put himself on the radar as a prospect in 2017, impressing during his age 20 season in Greenville. Missed the first month of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, and spent a second stint on the IL with a sprained left AC joint in September. Shed some weight entering 2021 and came to camp in excellent shape. Made ALCS roster in 2021. Spent a month-and-a-half of the 2022 season on the IL for an MCL sprain. Received "starts" in Triple-A to start that season in an attempt to get him regular work before suffering the injury. Was designated for assignment in January 2023 to make room on the 40-man roster for Justin Turner and eventually traded to Baltimore for cash considerations.

Summation: Definite major league quality arm, but ultimate role is still to be decided. Likely is best suited for the bullpen, where his stuff could play up and secondary pitches and command would not need to develop as much. Has potential late inning stuff in that role. If his breaking ball or changeup and command and control improve, could develop into a number three/four starter. Still learning to incorporate secondary pitches and not rely too much on his fastball. Has gotten consistently better as he's moved up the ladder and made strides each year.

Links
Hernandez Video from Lowell (6.21.16)
Scouting Scratch (6.29.16)
Notes from the Field (4.11.17)
Notes from the Field (5.2.18)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2014 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 1 1 0.500 2.89 14 1 0 28.0 24 12 9 0 19 15 1.54 0.79 4.82
  2015 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 18 6 1 0.857 1.10 16 13 0 65.1 55 17 8 0 30 66 1.30 2.20 9.09
  2016 Lowell Spinners NYPL A- Bos 19 3 5 0.375 4.10 14 14 0 48.1 39 34 22 1 36 58 1.55 1.61 10.80
  2017 Greenville Drive SAL A Bos 20 4 5 0.444 4.01 23 23 0 103.1 85 57 46 8 49 116 1.30 2.37 10.10
  2018 Salem Red Sox Car A+ Bos 21 9 5 0.643 3.56 23 23 0 101.0 80 43 40 1 60 124 1.39 2.07 11.05
  2018 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 21 0 0 --- 3.00 5 0 0 6.0 6 3 2 0 6 10 2.00 1.67 15.00
  2018 Mesa Solar Sox AFL Fall Bos 21 0 1 0.000 1.59 8 0 1 11.1 8 3 2 0 6 24 1.24 4.00 19.06
  2019 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 22 1 4 0.200 5.13 10 9 0 40.1 33 28 23 2 32 59 1.61 1.84 13.17
  2019 Pawtucket Red Sox IL AAA Bos 22 1 2 0.333 4.76 7 3 0 17.0 10 9 9 2 16 20 1.53 1.25 10.59
  2019 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 22 0 1 0.000 4.45 29 1 0 30.1 27 18 15 1 26 57 1.75 2.19 16.91
  2020 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 23 1 0 1.000 2.16 7 0 0 8.1 5 2 2 0 8 13 1.56 14.04 8.64
  2021 Worcester Red Sox TAE AAA Bos 24 0 0 --- 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1.00 9.00 9.00
  2021 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 24 2 2 0.500 3.38 48 0 0 40.0 29 17 15 5 31 54 1.50 1.74 12.20
  2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 25 0 3 0.000 5.73 23 7 0 33.0 22 23 21 3 27 51 1.48 1.89 13.91
  2022 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 25 0 1 0.000 21.60 7 0 0 6.2 14 17 16 4 8 9 3.30 1.13 12.15
  2022 Cardenales de Lara LVBP Wint --- 25 2 2 0.500 3.86 19 0 0 16.1 13 7 7 1 9 23 1.35 2.56 12.67
  2023 Norfolk Tides IL AAA Bal 26 2 1 0.667 2.96 27 0 1 27.1 13 10 9 3 19 37 1.17 1.95 12.18
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (July 2018)   2018 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 5-15, 2018)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (July 2-8, 2018)
2019 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
 
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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