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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.
“[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.”
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:
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
Congrats to Felix Hernandez after being named the starting pitcher for the American League in tomorrow’s All-Star Game. Hernandez, a five-time A.L. All-Star in his 10th Major League season, becomes only the second Mariner ever to start the All-Star Game, joining two-time A.L. starter Randy Johnson (1995 and 1997). “King Felix” is now the first Venezuelan pitcher to start the Midsummer Classic. The 28-year-old ace won the 2010 A.L. Cy Young Award and he threw the 23rd perfect game in Major League history on August 15, 2012. In his 20 starts in 2014, Hernandez is 11-2 with a 2.12 ERA (144.1 IP, 105 H, 25 BB, 154 SO, 0.90 WHIP). Hernandez’s 11 wins are a career best at the All-Star break, surpassing his 10 in both 2009 and 2013. On Friday against the Major League-leading Oakland Athletics, Hernandez made his 11th consecutive start of at least seven innings and two earned runs or less, equaling the longest such streak by an A.L. hurler since that of Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry with the 1974 Cleveland Indians.
Felix will match-up against St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.
And here is the starting lineup for the American League, with Robinson Cano batting 3rd and playing second base.
You can watch the All-Star game starting at 4:30 pm PT on FOX (KCPQ 13 in Seattle).
Check out some of the All-Star gear that just arrived, including the batting practice jerseys Felix Hernandez, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager will wear for the All-Star game.
The 2014 All Star Game will be played Tuesday, July 15, in Minnesota. The game will air on FOX (KCPQ-13 in Seattle) starting at 5 pm PT. The Home Run Derby will air on ESPN starting at 5 pm PT Monday from Target Field.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez has been named the American League Pitcher of the Month for June.
Hernandez went 3-1 with a 1.22 ERA (6 ER, 44.1 IP) in 6 starts during the month. He struck out 54 batters during the month to tie for 2nd in the AL (Darvish – 57, Price – 54), the most strikeouts he has recorded in a month during his career (previous: 51 in June 2010, August 2010, August 2011).
His 1.22 ERA is 10th-lowest in a month in club history (min. 5 GS), and the 4th-lowest of his career (0.82 – August 2010, 0.94 – June 2009, 1.08 – August 2012).
This is the fourth monthly honor for Hernandez, also winning the award in August 2012, September 2009 and June 2009. Felix is the only pitcher in club history to win more than two Pitcher of the Month awards (Randy Johnson – 2, Mark Langston – 2). Edgar Martinez won five Player of the Month Awards during his Mariners career.
For the season, Hernandez is 10-2 with a 2.10 ERA and has recorded 137 strikeouts in his 18 starts.
|Felix’s American League Pitcher of the Month Awards:|
|June 2014: 6 GS, 3-1, 1.22, 54 SO|
|August 2012: 5 GS, 4-0, 1.08, 31 SO|
|September 2009: 7 GS, 6-0, 1.52, 38 SO|
|June 2009: 5 GS, 3-0, 0.94, 35 SO|
Tickets for tonight’s first home start by pitching ace Felix Hernandez are selling at a pace about five times faster than for a typical Friday night game in April.
At this rate, attendance for the game will likely be over 40,000. The specially priced $25 Main Level seats are expected to sell out by late this afternoon. There are still specially priced $12 View Level seats available, as well as full-price tickets in other locations.
For those of you planning on walk-up tickets, here’s some advice. Get here early because there could be long lines at the ticket windows. Even better is to get your tickets before you arrive via mariners.com/felix for the specially priced Supreme Court tickets, and mariners.com/tickets for regular priced seats. Fans should use the print at home or mobile ticket option for the fastest experience once at the ballpark. But if you do have to buy your ticket in person when you arrive, you have the option of using the self-serve ticket kiosks located around the ballpark.
The first “Supreme Court” was held on August 21, 2012, to celebrate Felix’s perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The “Supreme Court” now marks the first Safeco Field start by Hernandez each season.
The Supreme Court grew out of the “King’s Court,” specially designated sections in left field where yellow-t-shirted fans cheer on Felix by waving K cards and chanting for strike outs. The King’s Court started in 2011.
Mariners ace pitcher Felix Hernandez and Grammy-winning recording artist Macklemore teamed up at Safeco Field to surprise a group of students from Bellevue’s Highland Middle School and launch an anti-bullying campaign.
The students gathered at the ballpark for what they thought was a public service announcement taping with the Mariner Moose. The students were in for more than a little surprise when the Moose was suddenly recast with the two Seattle superstars.
Felix and Macklemore are two individuals who are not afraid to stand up, stand out and celebrate their individuality. In the PSA, they ask students to “be kind, stay positive, and support each other,” and to sign an anti-bullying pledge. The PSA ends with the line, “Together, we can change the game.” The 30-second PSA will be distributed to radio and TV stations throughout Western Washington.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe at their school. I hope kids will hear our message and treat each other with respect and kindness,” said Hernandez.
“It’s an honor to be working with the Mariners and Felix Hernandez to help spread a message of individuality to our area schools. We hope to encourage our youth to feel free to be themselves and to take care of each other along the way,” said Macklemore.
The campaign also consists of an education component for Seattle-area middle schools with posters and activity guides for teachers, as well as online resources at mariners.com/changethegame to provide students, teachers and parents tools to help address the issue of bullying in schools. Parents can help their children complete the activities and take the anti-bullying pledge to be entered into a contest to meet Hernandez and Macklemore prior to the Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees game on Thursday, June 12, which is Macklemore Bobblehead Night at Safeco Field.
The first edition of Mariners Magazine (Volume 25, Issue 1) featuring Robinson Cano is now available for purchase throughout Safeco Field and at any of the five Mariners Team Stores. You can also subscribe to Mariners Magazine and have it delivered to your home.
The 2014 edition of the Mariners Yearbook featuring cover boys Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano has also been published and is available at Safeco Field and Mariners Team Stores.
Be sure to pick up your copies of both publications, as well as the 2014 Information Guide, starting at tonight’s home opener vs. the Angels.