Felix Hernandez, Starting Pitcher, Seattle Mariners, #34
Date of Birth: 4/8/1986
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
Current Salary: $26,857,142
Nickname: King Felix
Felix Hernandez, starting pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, was first signed by the Mariners in 2002 when he was only 16. He spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons in the minor leagues, coming up to the Mariners in 2005 at the age of 19. In his first season in the major leagues, Hernandez played in 12 games, pitched 84.1 innings, and had an ERA of 2.67 with 77 strikeouts to 23 walks.
Hernandez led the American League in wins in 2009, but his best season was the following one. In 2010, he won the Cy Young award and his ERA of 2.27 was the lowest in the American League. That season, he played in 34 games, pitched 249.2 innings, and had 232 strikeouts.
In 2012, Hernandez joined just a few major league pitchers who have pitched perfect games. Hernandez' perfect game came on August 15, 2012, against the Tampa Bay Rays. In February, 2013, the Mariners gave Hernandez a seven-year, $175 million contract extension that includes a club option for 2020. He earned his salary in 2014, finishing with a 15-6 record, a career high 248 strikeouts to 46 walks, and a career low ERA of 2.14 in 236.0 innings in 34 games.
Hernandez had another good season in 2015. He finished with an 18-9 record, 191 strikeouts to 58 walks, and a 3.53 ERA in 201.2 innings in 31 games. In 2016, he had a 3.82 ERA with 11 wins to 8 losses and 122 strikeouts to 65 walks in 153.1 innings pitched in 25 games.
Statistics for Hernandez in twelve seasons (2006-2016) in the major leagues include:
- 10 seasons with 30 or more games played, with a high of 34 in 2009, 2010, and 2014
- 8 seasons with over 200 innings pitched, with a high of 249.2 in 2010
- 3 seasons with an ERA under 3.00, with a low of 2.14 in 2014
- 19 wins in 2009
- 10 seasons with over 150 strikeouts, with 6 of those seasons with over 200 strikeouts, with a high of 248 in 2014
Career pitching statistics for Hernandez through 2016 include:
- 359 games played
- 2,415.2 innings pitched
- 154-109 win-loss record
- 2,264 strikeouts to 695 walks
- 3.16 ERA
Hernandez is the spokesman for the Seattle King County Humane Society.
Hernandez and his wife have one son and one daughter.