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Notes on Gaby Hernandez


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A scout called me late Friday night, clearly excited about what he had just seen. Facing Jacksonville, Gaby Hernandez delivered a strange six innings of no-hit baseball, striking out six, but also walking seven. According to the scout in attendance, Hernandez showed number one potential, but at the same time, he didn't quite understand the why's revolving around Hernandez' game. Sitting at 90-94 mph with a heavy fastball, flashing both a plus curve and slider while mixing in his always effective changeup, Hernandez was literally unhittable; at the same time, he didn't seem to trust his stuff. He pitched tentatively, at times he threw an ineffective cutter, a fifth pitch that the scout said, "serves absolutely no purpose--he has potentially four pitches, to have him working on a fifth is just idiotic." Pitching involves two things: the first is stuff, which the 21-year-old righty clearly has, and the second is knowing what to do with it, which at times can be just as hard to find. It can also be the difference between anchoring a big league rotation and wondering what went wrong.

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