Jose Fernandez #11 – 2013 Top 100
Date of Birth: July 31st, 1992(age 20)
Origin: 1st Round Pick(#14 overall) in 2011 out of Braulio Alonso HS(FL)
Chris Blessing: The biggest question the Miami Marlins player development people face this season is how they plan to proceed with a pitching prospect that exceeded everyone’s lofty expectations last season. Between Class A Greensboro and High Class A Jupiter, Jose Fernandez put up one of the best pitching lines in baseball. In 134 innings, the 2011 first round pick struck out 158 batters while having a sub 1.00 Whip (0.925), a 1.75 ERA and a K/BB rate of 4.51. Featuring a plus fastball that sits in the mid to upper 90s, Fernandez reported command of the offering makes the pitch a potentially plus-plus offering as he continues to mature. The fastball makes an average curveball, which has flashed as above average, and an average changeup, play up a bit. Likely starting 2013 in the Southern League, the right hander will be tested as he begins his approach to the Major Leagues.
Jeff Reese: Command of an elite level fastball can take a pitching prospect a long way, especially when that fastball is paired with average secondary offerings. I was endeared towards Fernandez because of the quality of his present stuff as an amateur, but Fernandez’s dominance during his first season of pro ball caught everyone off guard. Most of the question marks in his profile have been answered: the command has been much better than advertised, and his body seems less likely to balloon on him. He’s may not be on Dylan Bundy’s level, but he has staked his claim as the second best prep pitcher of that loaded draft class.
Fantasy Outlook by Chris Blessing:
Fernandez is a season away from being a major league option; however, he’s one of a handful of pitchers believed to be future 1-2 starters. While I don’t value pitching prospects as highly as position players at this developmental stage, I’d still make efforts to acquire a player of Fernandez’s promise if given the chance.