The now 31-year old Hernandez signed with the Phillies as a free agent back in December, and it was presumed entering spring training that he was going to serve as the team’s closer in the 2016 season.
However, he was not overly impressive down in Clearwater, and then blew his first opportunity in the 8th inning against Cincinnati on April 3rd with the club holding a 2-1 lead.
On that afternoon, Hernandez surrendered three earned runs when he walked two, hit a batter, and allowed two hits. He never did earn a shot at that closer role.
In the end it was simply a mediocre season for Hernandez. He threw 70.1 innings over 68 games, allowing 76 hits with a 77/32 K:BB ratio. He has a 3.84 ERA and a 1.536 WHIP, and his ERA+ is a favorable 108.
He only signed a one-year contract, so Hernandez will again be a free agent this coming off-season. He didn’t do anything to make re-signing him a priority for the club, so his 2017 status is completely up in the air.