José Fernández (pitcher)
|Miami Marlins – No. 16|
July 31, 1992 |
Santa Clara, Cuba
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 7, 2013 for the Miami Marlins|
(through May 10, 2013)
|Earned run average||3.65|
Fernández lived in Santa Clara, Cuba, and made three unsuccessful attempts at defecting before he successfully defected in 2008. He enrolled at Braulio Alonso High School in Tampa, Florida, and was selected by the Marlins in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Fernández made his MLB debut with the Marlins on April 7, 2013.
Early life 
Fernández grew up in Santa Clara, Cuba. His father, Ramon Jimenez, defected from Cuba in 2005, settling in Tampa, Florida. José attempted to defect unsuccessfully three times, with each failed defection attempt followed by a prison term.
José and his mother and sister defected in 2008. On that successful attempt, José's mother fell overboard when the boat hit turbulent waters, and José had to dive into the water to save his mother's life.
Knowing Orlando Chinea, a coach who had trained some of Cuba's top pitchers before he defected from Cuba, lived in the area, Jimenez had his son train with Chinea. He attended Braulio Alonso High School in Tampa, Florida. Playing on the high school baseball team, Fernandez was part of the Florida Class 6A state champions in his sophomore and senior seasons. As a senior, Fernandez pitched to a 13–1 win-loss record with a 2.35 earned run average (ERA) and 134 strikeouts. He also threw two no-hitters.
Professional career 
The Marlins drafted him in the first round, with the 14th overall selection, of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. Fernández signed with the Marlins, receiving a $2 million signing bonus. After he signed with the Marlins, he was assigned to the Jamestown Jammers of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League.
Pitching for the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the Class A South Atlantic League (SAL) to start the 2012 season, Fernández threw the first six innings of a combined no-hitter. He was twice named the SAL pitcher of the week. Fernández was named to appear in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game. During the season, he was promoted to the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. He finished the 2012 season wth a 14–1 win-loss record, a 1.75 ERA, and 158 strikeouts in 134 innings pitched at Greensboro and Jupiter. He was named the Marlins' Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
Prior to the 2013 season, he was ranked as the Marlins' best prospect and fifth best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America. The Marlins invited Fernandez to spring training, but sent him to minor league camp before the season began. However, they chose to add Fernandez to the 25-man Opening Day roster, due in part to injuries to Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez. Also, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria hoped that promoting Fernandez would buy him goodwill with the fans, following a fire sale the previous offseason. He will be limited to approximately 150 to 170 innings during the 2013 season in order to protect his development.
The Marlins scheduled his major league debut on April 7, against the New York Mets. In his MLB debut, Fernández pitched five innings, allowing one run on three hits with eight strikeouts. He became the seventh pitcher under the age of 21 to record at least eight strikeouts in his MLB debut since 1916. He impressed in his second start.
See also 
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- "Florida high school sports | Former Alonso P Jose Fernandez anchors minor league no-hitter". Tampabay.com. 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- "Marlins reach deal with top Draft pick Jose Fernandez | marlins.com: News". Mlb.com. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
- "Youngstown News, Scrappers double up Jamestown". Vindy.com. 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
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- Mayo, Jonathan (2013-03-12). "Prospects pack rosters for 2012 All-Star Futures Game | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- Juan C. Rodriguez, Sun Sentinel (September 29, 2012). "Marlins recognize top minor leaguers Yelich, Fernandez". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- Bailey, James (2012-12-12). "Marlins top 2013 prospects". Baseballamerica.com. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- "2013 Top 100 Prospects". Baseballamerica.com. 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- "Top Marlins prospect Jose Fernandez added to roster". Usatoday.com. 2013-03-31. Retrieved 2013-04-05.
- Spencer, Clark. "WASHINGTON: In shocker, 20-year-old pitcher Jose Fernandez makes Miami Marlins starting rotation | Sports | Bradenton Herald". Bradenton.com. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
- "Jose Fernandez set to make MLB debut Sunday". Foxsportsflorida.com. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
- Rodriguez, Juan C. "New York Mets walk-off Miami Marlins, deny Jose Fernandez win in stellar MLB debut – South Florida". Sun-sentinel.com. Retrieved 2013-04-10.
- Spencer, Clark. "Rookie Jose Fernandez dazzles in Miami Marlins win over Phillies – Miami Marlins". MiamiHerald.com. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)