Born: Aug. 16, 1965 in Port Arthur, Texas
Pitcher Xavier Hernandez graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, where he earned All-State pitching honors and led the team to the class 5A state title in 1983.
Hernandez was drafted out of Southwestern Louisiana in the fourth round of the 1986 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and then moved to the Houston Astros in 1989. He remained with the Astros until 1993 when he was traded to the New York Yankees for pitcher Domingo Jean and infielder Andy Stankiewicz. At the time of the trade, Hernandez was 4-5 with nine saves and a 2.61 ERA.
He coached in the professional ranks with the Tampa Bay Rays in the Minor Leagues from 2002-2010 where he was the pitching coach for the Charleston (SC) Riverdogs (2002-2004), Montgomery (AL) Biscuits (2005-2006) and Durham Bulls (2007-2010).
He made the transition to the collegiate ranks in 2010 and is currently the pitching coach for Houston Baptist University Huskies, a Division I team currently competing in the Southland Conference.