Phillies 2016 Grades: Bullpen

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Aug 19, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris (50) prior to action against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. The St. Louis Cardinals won 4-3 in the eleventh inning. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 19, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris (50) prior to action against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. The St. Louis Cardinals won 4-3 in the eleventh inning. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 21, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher David Hernandez (30) throws a warm up pitch during the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 21, 2016; Lakeland, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher David Hernandez (30) throws a warm up pitch during the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

DAVID HERNANDEZ

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.

GRADE: C

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