As one of baseball’s most highly-touted prospects ever, “King Felix” entered the major leagues with sky-high expectations, and to this point he has delivered. Hernandez was signed by the Seattle Mariners out of Venezuela as a 16 year old, and in 2005 made his debut at 19. Since then, Hernandez has won 143 games with an ERA of 3.11. At just 29 years old, Hernandez has an opportunity to build one of the most impressive Hall of Fame resumes of any pitcher in the modern era. His 2,142 career strikeouts to this point make it a lock that he will reach the 3,000 mark sometime in this future and quite possibly the 4,000 mark. With 143 wins, reaching the 300-win club is in play if he is able to stay healthy (and get off a typically weak Mariners team). Even without 300 wins, Hernandez should easily reach the Hall, as the win’s relevancy has finally begun to decline.
Hernandez also has a Cy Young Award and a perfecto to his credit. He won the award in 2010 with a 2.27 ERA and an incredible 249.2 innings pitched. Few pitchers have been as dominant and consistent over the past decade as Hernandez, and if he continues on his current trajectory, voters will have a very difficult time passing on him when he becomes eligible for induction.
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