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7/31/1992 (24 y, 6 m, 19 d)
2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 14, Overall: 14, Team: Florida Marlins
$2.8M / 1 Years (2016)
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Fernandez has passed away following a boating accident, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald has confirmed. (9/25/2016)
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The Cuban-born Fernandez went 14th overall in 2011 and then flat-out dominated in his first full season, with a ridiculous 1.75 ERA, a silly 0.93 WHIP and a wicked 10.6 strikeouts per nine over 134 innings between Low- and High-A. Fernandez, a solidly built 6’3”, 215-pounder, possesses a mid- to upper-90s fastball that he maintains deep into games, as well as above-average secondary offerings -- all of which play up because of a wise-beyond-his-years approach and bulldog mentality. Once the upcoming wave of nearly-ready pitching prospects graduate to the majors, Fernandez could seize the throne heading into 2014, at which point he, too, might be ready to be unleashed upon the majors. Just 20, the Marlins' right-hander is easily a Top 10 pick among prospects in any dynasty league. (
The Quick Opinion:
Remember this name: Jose Fernandez. This Cuban hurler is closer than some of his peers in High-A, and with crazy good numbers and upper-90s stuff, his upside looks elite.
Let's gush. Jose Fernandez has gas. His 95 mph fastball velocity was tenth in the big leagues last year. Jose Fernandez has a beautiful slurve thing. It gets whiffs (16%), grounders (55%) and thought he calls it a slurve, it didn't suffer against lefties in 2013 (14%, 66% respectively). Jose Fernandez has a good changeup, even if people were worried about it. It
looks like this
, and it gets whiffs (15%) and grounders (60%) and gives him a weapon against tougher lefties. There's been some noise about his age, but if he's 23 instead of 21, who cares right now. That's for real-life teams to worry about. Because right now, he's one of the best young starters in the game, and his ligaments are fairly fresh. He has great control, great stuff, and gets grounders in a great home park. Now you have to decide how much his teammates will penalize him in the wins category, and if you're willing to draft him as a top-ten pitcher. Because there will be someone in each league that's willing to take that kind of leap for a guy with fewer than 200 major league innings. (
The Quick Opinion:
Suddenly a fantasy ace, it's easy to see why. Jose Fernandez has gas, break, and command, not to mention a little swagger on the mound. The only question that remains: how much are you willing to pay for a pitcher without a full season of track record in the major leagues?
Fernandez's 2014 season began spectacularly. A year after having recorded the most wins above replacement (WAR) among all rookies, Fernandez produced the highest WAR among all major-league pitchers through six starts in March and April. He experienced pain during his first start of May, however, which he elected not to relate to the club. In his next start, over the course of which he conceded six runs in five innings, he exhibited considerably diminished velocity. It would prove to be his last of the season before undergoing a Tommy John procedure a week later. The club is calling for an early June return, while recent work by Jon Roegele at The Hardball Times indicates that the typical recovery time for pitchers of Fernandez's age is around 12-13 months, which supports the Marlins' estimated timetable. Traditionally, the effect of elbow reconstruction has been observed most notably in diminished control. Work submitted by Kevmo10 to FanGraphs' Community blog confirms that notion, also adding that, during the second year, pitchers actually improve upon their pre-surgery numbers while also throwing slightly less hard. Given his dominance, Fernandez has some definite margin for error in every aspect of the game. Despite the relative gravity of Fernandez's injury, the most likely outcome appears to include him once again dominating hitters by the beginning of July. (Carson Cistulli)In
The Quick Opinion:
Indications both from the data and also the Marlins themselves suggest that Fernandez will return from Tommy John surgery in early June. If he's not entirely himself, command will likely be the culprit -- as it is for other TJ returnees.
One of the most exciting pitchers in baseball will be on the mound at the start of the season which is great for him, his team, baseball, and the fantasy team in your league that drafted him. The only downside to drafting Fernandez is the likely 160-180 innings limit he will be on, which would make him a bit more valuable in roto redraft leagues than in matchup formats. In long term leagues, Fernandez is one of the most valuable pitching assets there are as he is still amazingly just 23 years old. Although he was struggling with injuries when he returned last season, his performance was just as great as we remembered pre-elbow injury. He struck out a ton of batters, limited walks at an elite rate, and was great at limiting home runs. Fernandez will be a staff ace on any fantasy roster while he is on the mound, and will probably be drafted somewhere in the range of fifth to the 12th starting pitcher off the board. Even on a not so great team, Fernandez will still likely rack up win totals. Depending on your draft strategy, if you are looking to add a starting pitcher early, there are few more likely to dominate than Jose Fernandez. (Ben Duronio)
The Quick Opinion:
Fernandez will be on an innings limit this season but that should not be a huge deterrent to drafting him. He was dominant in his return from Tommy John surgery last year and as long as he is on the mound that is to be expected.
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