Felix Hernandez’s brother signs Minor League deal
The Mariners have signed Moises Hernandez, older brother of Felix, to a Minor League contract.
This one likely won’t be much more than an interesting human interest story and welcome news for King Felix as Moises, 26, isn’t a highly regarded prospect. He’s not being extended an invitation to the Major League camp, but will be part of the large group that reports to the club’s Minor League camp in Peoria, Ariz., on March 6.
But it will be interesting to watch another Hernandez on the mound in a Mariners uniform and see where he winds up.
The older Hernandez isn’t nearly as big as Felix at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds. He spent three years in the Orioles organization from 2003-05 pitching in Rookie and Low-A ball.
He then was in the Braves system from 2006-09, again spending most of his time in the low Minors. He did go 10-3 with a 3.66 ERA with Class-A Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League in ’07 at age 23, then was promoted to Double A Mississippi for 10 starts (2-2, 5.94 ERA) and one start in Triple A Richmond (0-1, 7.73).
After missing all of ’08, he was back in Rookie League and A ball for the Braves in ’09 and didn’t pitch in the Minor Leagues at all last season.
This isn’t the first time the Mariners offered a shot to one of their star’s siblings. Shawn Buhner was in the club’s Minor League system from 1994-99 and Craig Griffey did the same from 1991-97 and both reached as high as Triple-A Tacoma.
Matt Woodward, the son of then-GM Woody Woodward, played in the Mariners’ system in 1998-99 but never advanced above A-ball.