Felix Hernandez, 2009 Cy Young Winner

Shanan H.Analyst IMarch 20, 2009

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 20: Felix Hernandez #34 of the Seattle Mariners poses during photo day at the Mariners spring training complex on February 20, 2009 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Seattle doesn't have an official team leader, but "King" Felix Hernandez may deserve that job, along with the 2009 Cy Young award.

Don't let his loosing record (9-11) surprise you, because he actually had the most wins on the Mariners during their 101 loss season.

His ERA of 3.45 was 9th best in the league, and should get better this year.

Hernandez has a better defense behind him, and the 23-year-old has gained another year of knowledge.

He was seventh in K's per nine innings, and seventh in strikeouts, showing he is a K pitcher.

Not only that, but he pitches in pitcher-friendly SAFECO Field.

Although he's in the AL, hernandez is a good hitter, from what he's shown us.

In one at bat last year, he hit a grand slam.

In 2007, he had a .250 batting average.

He is an average fielder.

He showed his durability, pitching 200.2 innings last year.

Hernandez pitches a hard fastball, that has been clocked at 100 MPH, a two-seam fastball, which comes in just a bit slower but with more movement and sink as it approaches the batter, a curve ball, slider and a change-up.

Hernandez will have a tough challange to take the 2009 Cy Young, but don't be surprised to hear his name tossed around.