They say you can't beat a dead horse, then that must mean that workhorse Livan Hernandez is alive and well as the Nationals inked him to yet another one-year minor league deal Wednesday.
Hernandez has long been a workhouse, not just for the Nationals, but for a multitude of teams across the National League. In fact, the Washington Post's new Nats beat writer Adam Kilgore tweeted today that Livan threw more innings in the 2000's, 2201, than any other pitcher in baseball. While Livan was never a fireballer he came into the league with average velocity on all his pitches, however as most Nationals fans can attest, they've seen his pitches become slower and slower. Not that it matters much, Livan has transformed himself into a junkball pitcher and it works, at least it works $900,000 worth.
After all those innings, I was curious to see where Livan ranked among the slowest pitchers in the Major Leagues. To do this I first looked at Fangraphs pitch type stats to gauge the qualifying league leaders (?) in slowest velocity for each pitch. Then I took the slower pitchers and figured out who had the slowest velocity among all big league starters. Check it out:
Pitcher - %Thrown - Average Velocity
Jamie Moyer - 59.3% - 81.4 MPH
Livan Hernandez - 65.6% - 84.7 MPH
Doug Davis - 25.4% - 85.1 MPH
Bronson Arroyo - 23% - 74.4 MPH
Jared Weaver - 15.9% - 78.5 MPH
Jarred Washburn - 9.3% - 78.6 MPH
(Livan - 17.8 % - 79.8 MPH)
Livan Hernandez - 6.9% - 66.7 MPH
Randy Wolf - 16.3 % - 67.2 MPH
Jamie Moyer - 6.9% - 68.9 MPH
Doug Davis - 17.0 % - 69.1 MPH
Barry Zito - 14% - 73.6 MPH
Jamie Moyer - 18.6% - 74.6 MPH
Livan Hernandez - 9.7 % - 78.3 MPH
Average Pitch Velocity:
Moyer - 78.75 MPH
Davis - 80.36 MPH
Zito - 81.24 MPH
Hernandez - 81.96 MPH
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