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7 years ago  ::  Jul 02, 2013 - 11:04AM #1
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Jose Fernandez is thriving for the Marlins after making the jump from Single-A at age 20




Jul 2, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT





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No one has paid much attention to the Marlins because they’re so terrible, but 20-year-old right-hander Jose Fernandez is having an incredible rookie season.


Fernandez shut out the Padres for eight innings last night, striking out 10, walking one, and allowing just two hits to slice his ERA to 2.72 in 16 starts. He has a fantastic 94/33 K/BB ratio in 93 innings and has held opponents to a .193 batting average, all while jumping from Single-A to the big leagues and being the second-youngest player in baseball behind only Bryce Harper.


Fernandez has MLB’s fourth-highest average fastball velocity at 94.7 miles per hour–trailing only Matt Harvey, Stephen Strasburg, and Jeff Samardzija–and check out where his strikeout rate of 9.1 per nine innings ranks among all 20-year-old pitchers in baseball history:


Rick Ankiel      2000     9.9
Jose Fernandez   2013     9.1
Dwight Gooden    1985     8.7
CC Sabathia      2001     8.5
F. Valenzuela    1981     8.4

Say what you will about the Marlins in general, but they always seem to find a way to develop young stars and not many teams can boast a hitter-pitcher duo as young and talented as 20-year-old Jose Fernandez and 23-year-old Giancarlo Stanton.

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