The Cuban born Livan Hernandez had a brilliant rookie season with the Florida Marlins in 1997. He was the first pitcher to open his career with 9 consecutive wins in 47 years and he set a Marlins record with six consecutive strikeouts, August 31 1997 vs Toronto. That same rookie year, leading Florida in the National League Championship Series he set a NLCS record with 15 strikeouts against Atlanta. Livan Hernandez was the first rookie to win as a starter and as a reliever in NLCS history. Also was youngest pitcher to win World Series opening game. And, he was chosen MVP of NLCS and 1997 World Series MVP, becoming just the fourth player in NL history to win both honors in the same season.
Pitching for the San Francisco Giants in the year 2000 Livan Hernandez had a solid 17-11 with a nice 3.75 earned run average, completed 5 of 34 starts, with 2 shutouts. In 2007 the burly right-hander posted an 11-11 regular season record for the Diamondbacks, and then came thru in the clutch by winning the final Game 3 of the Opening NL Playoff Round against the Cubs, 5-1. By using a aresnal of off-speed slow and soft pitches with a low trajectory, Livan Hernandez hit the outside low corner of home plate, while mixing in a 85-87 mph fastball. Arizona catcher Miguel Montero said, 'he was playing soft-toss.'
All in all, the former power-pitcher appears on the right track and is one of the exciting pitchers of this time frame.