El Duque Intends To Pitch In 2011

Orlando Hernandez hasn't pitched in the majors for three years, but he intends to play in 2011, according to MLB.com's Bill Ladson (on Twitter). The Cuban right-hander has tried to reach the majors in each of the past two seasons without making it higher than Triple-A. But even at 45 years old, the former playoff hero believes he has the stuff to pitch in the major leagues.

Hernandez's minor league numbers suggest he may have what it takes to pitch at the highest level. He has stuck out more than a batter per inning at each one of the four minor league stops he has made over the course of the past two seasons. His ERA has never been above 2.45 in that time, but he has logged just 26.2 innings, so the sample size is small.

The Rangers, who signed Hernandez last year, and the Nationals, who signed him this year, did not call him up despite his numbers. If anyone can match Jamie Moyer's late-career success, it could be El Duque, who has never relied on an overpowering fastball and has always had a deceptive delivery.


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14 Comments on "El Duque Intends To Pitch In 2011"


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azdsnd
4 years 8 months ago

Some non-contender, low-budget NL team will take a shot on him and hope they can flip him at the deadline for an asset. I could see the D-backs giving him a shot at the rotation.

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azdsnd
4 years 8 months ago

Err, yeah, reliever… 😛

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bigpat
4 years 8 months ago

I doubt it, he’s like 60 years old by now. He doesn’t see content with pitching in the minors, and no team will put him on their big league roster unless he dominates the minors for a month or two. He’s gonna have to play independent league or move to Japan. A shame because I really like the guy, maybe the coolest pitching delivery ever.

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dc21892
4 years 8 months ago

I enjoy watching him pitch. I hope he can come back and be effective for a ML team.

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Pseudonymus Bosch
4 years 8 months ago

I think the Reds should bring him in as a reliever, then use him after Aroldis Chapman every time Chapman comes in. The drop-off from 105 mph fastball to 85 mph fastball would be so huge that all the hitters would be swinging before he even started the windup.

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basemonkey
4 years 8 months ago

Hm. Considering how many teams have random mop-up men but organizational filler types, why not give Duque a shot? Darren Oliver found new life as a reliever. Maybe he works out to be a pretty solid reliever?

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4 years 8 months ago

He is starting for the Yankees tonight. Count on it. Sorry AJ.

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Slopeboy
4 years 8 months ago

Don’t I Wish…!!