Kansas City Royals: Prospect to Watch, Arnaldo Hernandez

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KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 15: A general view of Kauffman Stadium before the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals on August 15, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 15: A general view of Kauffman Stadium before the game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Kansas City Royals on August 15, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images) /
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The Kansas City Royals Triple-A affiliate Omaha Storm Chasers had a pitcher earn Pitcher of the Week Honors for the week of August 13-19. Arnaldo Hernandez has played well in Omaha, showing that he has what it takes to factor into the Royals’ future success.

The Kansas City Royals signed Arnaldo Hernandez out of San Felix, Venezuela in 2012. Since, he has worked his way through the farm system. In the 2018 season, he has spent time with Wilmington, Northwest Arkansas, and Omaha.

Arnaldo Hernandez is the third player from the Omaha Storm Chasers to be given this honor within the 2018 seaosn.

By the Numbers

The 22 year old has yielded a 12-5 record throughout the season, and he is currently 5-1 with the Storm Chasers. Overall on the season, his ERA sits at 3.88 over a total of 127.2 innings. With Omaha, it’s even lower. In eight games, seven of them in a starting role, he has yielded an ERA of 3.23 through 47.1 innings of work.

Pitcher of the Week

Hernandez earned the Pitcher of the Week award based on his performance on August 15. He went the distance, completing the full nine innings against the division leading Oklahoma City Dodgers. According to an article on the Storm Chasers website, Hernandez was the first Storm Chaser pitcher to complete a game since Aaron Brooks in the 2014 Pacific Coast League Championship Series.

He gave up five hits and just one earned run. He also struck out six in the game. It was a fantastic outing for the young right hander. Hernandez had a rough outing in his first August appearance, giving up eight earned runs, but since, he has made three quality starts in a row. Of his 97 pitches, 80 of them were for strikes.

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In his last three starts, he has allowed ten hits, two earned runs, and has struck out 14. Though it isn’t looking like the Omaha Storm Chasers will be factors in the postseason, Arnaldo Hernandez is heating up at the right time.

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