Miami Marlins shut down Jose Fernandez for the year

Jose Fernandez is a superstar in the making. Photo: Jose Fernandez could be the Rookie of the year/AP

LOS ANGELES, September 11, 2013 — Jose Fernandez threw his final innings for the year tonight for the Miami Marlins. The 20-year old rookie has reached his innings limit, but not before making a solid case to be the National League’s Rookie of the Year.

Jose Fernandez did it all in his final start and against one of the best teams in baseball, the Atlanta Braves. Fernandez went seven innings, striking out five, walking three and giving up just one earned run. Fernandez earned his 12th victory on the year for a team that only has 54 wins on the season.

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Jose Fernandez, who is a .220 hitter on the year, also went 2 for 3 at the plate with his first career homerun.

Jose Fernandez finishes the year with an 12-6 record in 28 starts for Miami, while compiling a 2.19 ERA and 0.978 WHIP over 172.2 innings pitched. Fernandez struck out 187 batters and walked 58. Fernandez’ ERA ranks second in all of baseball behind only Clayton Kershaw.

Jose Fernandez defected with his mother and sister at the age of 15. During the journey Fernandez’ mom fell out of the boat and Jose had to jump into the water to save her. He attended high school in Tampa, Florida before being drafted with the 14th pick by the Marlins in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft.

The young pitcher spent just two seasons in the minor leagues. In fact, Fernandez never made it further than the high A Jupiter before breaking spring training with the Marlins this year. Over his two years in the minors, Jose Fernandez threw a total of 138.1 innings.

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Jose Fernandez relies on a fastball in the high 90s with plenty of movement, but his secondary pitches, the knee-buckling curve, a slider and change-up, are excellent pitches as well. The kid seems to have everything he needs to be a 20-game winner, except an offense.

It is unlikely that Jose Fernandez will win the Cy Young award this year, but he could definitely garner a few votes. Going forward, Fernandez looks to join a perennial Cy Young conversation.

The Marlins have Jose Fernandez under team control until 2019 and he is not eligible for arbitration until after the 2015 season. He currently earns $490,000 per year. Arbitration could possibly push Fernandez’ salary into the $10 million range, which seems to be a red flag in Miami and reason to be traded away for prospects.

What happens when arbitration makes the Marlins either open their wallet or trade the young superstar in the making remains to be seen. Marlins fans can be assured that they will see him in a bright orange Miami uniform next year and most likely all of 2015.

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Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for The Washington Times Communities and also writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball


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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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