Elieser Hernandez entered the 2021 season as a member of the Miami Marlins starting rotation coming off a career-year during the shortened 2020 season. A season that included injuries during the early-part of the year, Hernandez was a constant in the Marlins rotation for the final two months of the 2021 campaign.
Miami Marlins 2021 Season Review: RHP Elieser Hernandez
As mentioned previously, Hernandez would begin the 2021 season as a member of the Marlins starting rotation. The right-hander would however only make two starts in early-April before landing on the IL.
Returning to the major leagues on June 3, Hernandez would post arguably his best outing of the season in Pittsburgh where he allowed one run across five innings with three hits and six strikeouts. Hernandez would however suffer an injury running the bases during that contest, landing the right-hander on the IL once again.
Returning in late-July, Hernandez would make three starts combined between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Jacksonville in which the 26-year-old would allow only one run across 11.2 innings pitched with four hits, no walks, and 18 strikeouts.
Making his return with the Marlins in mid-August, Hernandez would go-on to make a total of eight starts across the remainder of the 2021 season in which he posted a combined 4.58 ERA across 39.1 innings pitched.
For the 2021 season overall, Hernandez made a total of 11 starts with the Marlins at the major league level in which he posted a combined 1-3 record with a 4.18 ERA across 51.2 innings pitched. Striking out a total of 53 batters compared to 14 walks, the right-hander also posted a 1.316 WHIP, as well as opponents holding a .265/.318/.529 slash line against.
Also making a total of six starts in the minor leagues split between Double-A and Triple-A, Hernandez would post an 0-1 record with a 2.63 ERA across 24 innings pitched with three walks and 35 strikeouts.
Likely returning with the Miami Marlins for the 2022 season, Hernandez will likely begin next season in either the Marlins starting rotation or bullpen.