-The K Zone-

May 21st 2017

Jonathan Hernandez

Interview By Mike Duffy

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Currently the Texas Rangers 18th top prospect Jonathan Hernandez overcame multiple roadblocks in his career before ultimately being signed on Jan. 30, 2013  for $300,000 at the age of 16. Just like the cars in his favorite movies his fastball can reach the high 90s. As a kid and still to this day, people don’t expect him to throw lighting when weighing about 175 pounds. Baseball is in his blood like many other pro-ball players, as his Dad made it to the majors. Here is the story of a boy in the Dominican Republic who is living his dream, but is working harder than ever before to have a taste of MLB life.


Mike Duffy: Do you mind sharing your story about being singed in The Dominican Republic?

Jonathan Hernandez: So as you know I sign in the Dominican Republic in 2013 is a difficult and hard process. Everyday I pushed my mind  on the field everyday. I’m pitching you know and it was difficult you know, watching a lot of guys with a lot of talent playing with me. I would say  wow maybe they going to sing but I don’t have any chance with those guys here. But I always talk positive to myself that I can be better than everybody. I don’t care what the people say, I know that I can do it better and that what I do every time. I give a self evaluation, and  talk to myself a lot! I saw a lot of guy throwing 95MPH when I was 16 years old and I say wow I only throw 86-87 but few years later when I came a pro and I work in the right way I saw a lot of guys of those throwing 90 to 95 and I’m throwing 93 to 98. Some guys told me before  that I don’t look like I throw hard because they say you’re too skinny. I only say ok no problem , now I show to those guys what I can do you know!


Mike Duffy: So how did you transition from playing in the Dominican Republic to playing in the United States?

Jonathan Hernandez: I grew up mentally which was the best that I did last season!


Mike Duffy: This offseason what did you work on the most to help you improve?

Jonathan Hernandez: I worked all the time in the bullpen to get better throwing the ball in the spot that I wanted to place it.


Mike Duffy: What is your favorite thing about being a Ranger?

Jonathan Hernandez: Being a Ranger is very special! It is a pretty good organization! Well it is not a organization, it is a family. Everybody takes care of one another.


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Mike Duffy: What is your favorite hobby besides baseball?

Jonathan Hernandez: It would have to be getting to watch Lebron James play.

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Mike Duffy:  Favorite baseball player growing up?

Jonathan Hernandez: My favorite player growing up was my Father!!

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Jonathan Hernandez: And when my Dad retired it was Alex Rodríguez!

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Mike Duffy: Who was the hardest bater you faced last season?

Jonathan Hernandez: Josh Tobias one guy that was in the phillies organization now he is with the Red Sox.

(the phillies traded Josh Tobias to the Boston red Soxs for Clay Buchholz)

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Mike Duffy: Whats your favorite stadium that you’ve  played in?

Jonathan Hernandez: My favorite stadium is the affiliate that I play called the blue claws. The  stadium is in Lakewood and it is  the affiliate of the Phillies.

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Mike Duffy: What’s your favorite movie?

Jonathan Hernandez: My favorite movie is Fast and Furious 2.

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Mike Duffy: Do you have a motto or a thing to do to get you out of a rough time?

Jonathan Hernandez: I always say in my mind that i can do it always no matter what is the result.


Mike Duffy: When did you know you wanted to play professional baseball?

Jonathan Hernandez: I knew that like when I was 15 years old and a half.

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