Going International: Mariners Sign Brayan Hernandez

Venezuelan outfielder Brayan Hernandez signs with the Seattle Mariners.

Venezuelan outfielder Brayan Hernandez signs with the Seattle Mariners.

The Mariners organization is pleased to welcome a special player into the fold with the signing of 16-year-old Venezuelan switch-hitting outfielder Brayan Hernandez.

Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner and coordinator Emilio Carrasquel worked very hard to make this signing official and it all culminated yesterday.

Everybody in the organization is happy to have him on board and ready to make contributions on the field. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Hernandez has been followed closely by the team, specifically by Carrasquel and scout Illich Salazar who is the area scout.

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Brayan Hernandez meets with Mariners Director of International Operations Tim Kissner (left) and coordinator of Venezuelan Operations Emilio Carrasquel (right).

“[Hernandez] is a young man with tremendous physical ability and projection,” said Carrasquel.  “We had the chance to see him with our International Director Tim Kissner and we always knew he would be a good acquisition.

“I believe he is a player, for his age, that combines all five tools that you need in baseball. He’s still developing and we are very happy that the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement with the family and agent for Brayan Hernandez.”

Hernandez, for his part, was beaming after realizing that he would be joining the Mariners organization.

“I’m proud to be able to wear a Seattle Mariners uniform and I’m very happy because this is a dream that I’ve always wanted, to wear this uniform,” said Hernandez. “I never thought that I’d be here with them but thanks to God, everything worked out. I worked hard for this and it is a joy to wear this uniform, to be able to represent it and in the future be able to lead it to a World Series.”

Over the weekend, Hernandez visited with the team, met with the staff, worked out with the club and took batting practice.

“[Meeting Felix Hernandez] was a beautiful experience,” said Hernandez. “And it was always a dream to stretch out my hand to Cano and it felt very good to do that.”

Brayan Hernandez meets with Felix Hernandez (left) and Roenis Elias (right).

Brayan Hernandez meets with Felix Hernandez (left) and Roenis Elias (right).

Once out on the field, you could see the emerging talent shine. During batting practice, the young switch-hitter sprayed line drives all over the field and also hit a home run into Edgar’s Cantina in left field and hit a few off the wall.

“He’s a very interesting young centerfielder from Venezuela who we like his current ability and there is still the projection left with him” said Kissner. “He’s a plus athlete with plus instincts and tools. He’s an intelligent young man with good instincts for the game and all the tools that we have seen we like and we think that he can continue to grow. That’s probably the most intriguing thing, his ability to play the game but still the upside that he has left.”

Here are a few audio clips from Brayan Hernandez (in Spanish), Tim Kissner and Emilio Carrasquel (in Spanish) about the signing:

Brayan Hernandez on signing with the Mariners:

Brayan Hernandez on choosing Seattle:

Brayan Hernandez on meeting some of his favorite players:

Tim Kissner on Brayan Hernandez:

Emilio Carrasquel on Brayan Hernandez:

Here’s a slideshow from Brayan Hernandez weekend with the Mariners:

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Mariners Game Central – July 27 vs. Baltimore

Lineup

Game #105: Seattle Mariners (54-50) vs. Baltimore Orioles (57-46) | 1:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: LHP Roenis Elias (8-8, 4.41) vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez (5-5, 3.91)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTShome games feature SAP in Spanish on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN Deportes
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
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Today at Safeco

Here is today’s Game Information (Notes & Stats):

African American Heritage Day

The Mariners will celebrate African American Heritage Day at Safeco Field today with a pregame ceremony to honor contributions of noted African Americans to the Northwest community. Among the honorees will be Herb Simpson, the last known surviving member of the old Negro Leagues Seattle Steelheads.

Here is a great story on Herb by Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer from last year.

Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Here is a pretty amazing photo of Herb taken by Seattle photographer Rick Takagi.

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Congratulations to Fernando Rodney on 200 Saves

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Mariners closer Fernando Rodney recorded his 200th career save this afternoon, becoming just the 45th pitcher in Major League history to record 200 saves. Rodney is 6th among active pitchers in saves, trailing only Joe Nathan (362), Francisco Rodriguez (333), Jonathan Papelbon (310), Jose Valverde (288) and Huston Street (260).

 

Mariners Game Central – July 26 vs. Orioles

Lineup

Game #104: Seattle Mariners (53-50) vs. Baltimore Orioles (57-45) | 1:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Chris Young (8-6, 3.22) vs. RHP Bud Norris (8-6, 3.78)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTShome games feature SAP in Spanish on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN Deportes
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Orioles | Mariners-Orioles History

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King Felix Ties MLB Record

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FELIX TIES MLB RECORD, SETS AL RECORD…with his start tonight vs. the Orioles allowing 1 run in 7.0 innings (10 strikeouts, 0 walks), Felix Hernandez has tied a Major League record and set an American League record by allowing 2 or less runs in at least 7.0 innings in 13 consecutive starts…list courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.

Streaks of consecutive starts with 7+ IP, 2 or fewer runs allowed, since 1900:
Felix Hernandez      May-July 2014              13
Tom Seaver           July-Sept 1971             13
Dwight Gooden        Sept 1985-May 1986         12
Chief Bender         June-August 1907           12
Mike Scott           May-July 1986              12
Ferdie Schupp        Sept 1916-May 1917         12

Streaks of consecutive starts with 7+ IP, 2 or fewer runs, AL history:
Felix Hernandez      May-July 2014              13
Chief Bender         June-August 1907           12
Gaylord Perry        April-June 1974            11
Jim Merritt          June-August 1967           11

Mariners Game Central – July 25 vs. Baltimore

07.25.14 Lineup

Game #103: Seattle Mariners (53-49) vs. Baltimore Orioles (56-45) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Felix Hernandez (11-2, 2.02) vs. RHP Kevin Gausman (4-3, 4.04)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTShome games feature SAP in Spanish on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN Deportes
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Orioles | Mariners-Orioles History

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Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington

The Pitch Black exhibit includes information about the earliest of the state’s African American baseball teams.

The Pitch Black exhibit includes information about the earliest of the state’s African American baseball teams.

The Mariners will celebrate African American Heritage Day at Safeco Field on Sunday with a pregame ceremony to honor contributions of noted African Americans to the Northwest community. Among the honorees will be Herb Simpson, the last known surviving member of the old Negro Leagues Seattle Steelheads.

For those how are interested in taking a closer look at the history of African American baseball in Washington, the Northwest African American Museum has an interesting exhibit called Pitch Black that features artifacts, photographs, videos and oral histories of the men and women who played and loved the game of baseball from the late 19th Century until today. The exhibition runs through November 9.

Among those featured are Roslyn miner and star pitcher Jimmy Claxton (the first African American on a baseball card), the Owls Club women’s softball team (Washington State Champs in 1938 and Seattle City Champs in 1939), and the Seattle Steelheads, the West Coast Negro Leagues team for which Herb Simpson played.

The Pitch Black exhibit includes more recent history including artifacts from Ken Griffey Jr.’s career.

The Pitch Black exhibit includes more recent history including artifacts from Ken Griffey Jr.’s career.

The exhibit is supported by a donation from Mariners Care, our non-profit foundation, and numerous corporate partners including the Safeco Insurance Foundation, Verizon Wireless and Wells Fargo.

For more about the Northwest African American Museum follow them on Twitter @naamnw, on Instagtram @naamnw, or on Facebook.

Mariners Game Central – July 24 vs. Baltimore Orioles

Lineup

Game #102: Seattle Mariners (53-48) vs. Baltimore Orioles (55-45) | 7:10 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4, 2.95) vs. LHP Wei-Yin Chen (10-3, 4.21)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTShome games feature SAP in Spanish on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN Deportes
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Orioles | Mariners-Orioles History

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Mariners Game Central – July 23 vs. NY Mets

07.23.14 Lineup

Game #101: Seattle Mariners (53-47) vs. New York Mets (47-53) | 12:40 pm | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (8-8, 4.12)
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners Radio Network…also on Mariners.com (for subscribers to MLB.tv)
TV: The game will be televised on ROOT SPORTShome games feature SAP in Spanish on ROOT SPORTS & ESPN Deportes
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Mets | Mariners-Mets History

Mid-Season Report | Standings | Roster | 2014 Media Guide | Mariners Game Notes | 2014 Schedule
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