9. Jose Fernandez
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 2, 1974 in La Vega, La D.R.
  • Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 03, 1999
  • Final Game: September 29, 2001

When Jose Fernandez was 15, he and his mother successfully defected from Cuba (on their fourth attempt) and settled in Florida.  A baseball prodigy, Fernandez would become a First Round Pick in the Amateur Draft in 2011, and two years later, he was a Miami Marlin.

Fernandez wasn't just a rookie with a great story, and he was a phenom who won the National League Rookie of the Year with a 12-6 Record, a 2.19 ERA, and a league-leading 5.8 H/9.  Fernandez had a sub-1.000 WHIP, was an All-Star, and finished third in Cy Young voting, completing one of the most dynamic seasons by a Pitcher under 21.  

Named the youngest Opening Day Pitcher since Dwight Gooden in 1986, Fernandez's second MLB year went off the rails with a torn UCL in May.  Fernandez underwent Tommy John Surgery and returned late in July of 2015.  With an advanced repertoire, Fernandez was an All-Star again in 2016, and by late September, he had 16 Wins and 253 Strikeouts, but tragedy would rear its ugly head.

Fernandez died in a boating accident on September 25, 2016, at the age of 24, ending what could have been one of been a spectacular career.  As it stood, Fernandez left us with what might have been.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st, 11th Overall of the Amateur Draft 6/6/11.
  • Departed: Died 9/25/16.
  • Games Played: 76
  • Notable Statistics:

    38 Wins
    17 Losses
    2.58 ERA
    76 Games Started
    0 Complete Games
    471.1 Innings Pitched
    589 Strikeouts
    2.44 FIP
    1.054 WHIP
    4.21 SO/BB
    14.2 bWAR                     

    No Playoff Games

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2013 & 2016)
    Rookie of the Year (2013)
    Lowest H/9 (2013)
    Highest SO/9 (2016)

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