Top prospect Darwinzon Hernandez summoned by Red Sox

Rob Bradford
April 23, 2019 - 4:38 pm

Darwinzon Hernandez is going to get his first taste of major league baseball, albeit just a nibble.

The 22-year-old was called up from Double-A Portland by the Red Sox to serve as the club's 26th man, which is allowed for the second game of a doubleheader.

"I think where we are as far as guys pitching today, rest and all of that, I think he's rested and we can use him for more than six outs," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

Hernandez has pitched in two games for the Sea Dogs, not giving up a run on just two hits over five innings while striking out 10 in his season debut. His most recent start saw the lefty allow two runs over five frames.

The native of Venezuela pitched in six Grapefruit League games for the Red Sox this past spring training, surrendering just one run over 11 innings while fanning 12. He did issue eight spring training walks. 

Hernandez is listed as the fourth-best prospect in the Red Sox' system by MLB.com.

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