Former major-league left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez has signed a contract with the St. Paul Saints of the American Association — an Independent Baseball League. The club announced the deal earlier this afternoon.
Hernandez, 26, made his major league debut with the Chicago White Sox in 2012 and appeared in 1 game with the club. The Minnesota Twins acquired him later in the month in a trade involving Francisco Liriano.
Hernandez made his first appearance on the mound as a Twin during Opening week 2013 against the Baltimore Orioles. Pedro had been in the White Sox organization for six seasons prior to the deal. Hernandez struggled when he first joined the club where he posted a 3.49 ERA after having made 12 starts.
Hernandez was placed on outright waivers and was picked up by the Colorado Rockies. He made 1 start and struggled throughout, unable to get through 5.2 innings, posting a 4.76 ERA. Once again, Pedro was designated for assignment and placed on outright waivers.
The next step was free agency which he later elected, and was unable to come to terms with a club, keeping him out of this year’s spring training. Hernandez has posted a 7.33 ERA in 66.1 MLB innings, with a career-record of 3-5.
During the offseason, the Saints picked up 10 position players and 10 pitchers, totalling 27 players on the roster as they look towards a winning season in 2015.
This would be the perfect opportunity for Hernandez to get more work in with a team that could use him as he looks to find his inner-self, re-defining his mechanics for his next major league opportunity.