Roberto Hernandez was supposed to start for the Phillies tonight against the Astros, but instead he’s been traded to the Dodgers for a pair of players to be named later or cash considerations.
Los Angeles was in the market for rotation reinforcements and instead of making a big splash the Dodgers decided to pick up the impending free agent formerly known as Fausto Carmona on the cheap.
Hernandez has pitched decently for the Phillies on a one-year, $4.5 million contract, posting a 3.87 ERA in 121 innings mostly spent as a starter. As usual his strikeout and walks rates aren’t impressive, but he induces a lot of ground balls and keeps the ball in the ballpark.
For now the Dodgers may decide to stash Hernandez in the bullpen–where he’s made three appearances this year and 42 appearances for his career–and keep him available to jump into the rotation if needed down the stretch.
They played the Futures Game yesterday, pitting the top prospects from the United States against the top prospects from the rest of the world. You most likely missed it because, for reasons that have still yet to be adequately explained to me, the game takes place on Sunday afternoon, when literally all 30 major league teams are in action. Oh well.
If you did happen to see it, however, you saw a lot of bombast, as the two teams combined for eight home runs, with Team USA prevailing, 10-6. It was the United States’ eighth win in the past nine Futures Games.
Yusniel Diaz of the Dodgers system hit two homers — he was the first one to do that in a Futures Game since Alfonso Soriano did it back in 1999 — but Taylor Trammell of the Reds system was the game MVP following his 2-for-2 (HR, 3B) performance. Other highlights involved Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene, who threw 19 fastballs among his 27 pitches, each and every one of them hitting triple digits, with one registering at 103.1 m.p.h. Not that velocity is everything: a 102.3 m.p.h. pitch he threw ended up being deposited over the fence for a two-run homer by Luis Alexander Basabe of the White Sox system.
Also of note was a homer from Ke’Bryan Hayes of the Pirates system. Notable for it breaking a tie and putting the U.S. up by two, but also notable because Ke’Bryan is the son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes. Feel old yet?
There was a lot of back and forth, and certainly a lot of bombast, but the U.S. took its final lead on a wild pitch. Here are some highlights:
Here’s hoping, in the future, the Futures Game is moved to Sunday evening or even Monday where people will have a better chance of seeing it.