Thursday, September 12, 2013

Jose Fernandez: Baseballs newest young ace

Jose Fernandez does what he does best
When the Miami Marlins called up Jose Fernandez the move was met with a lot of criticism. But it has been a move that has surprisingly worked out for the Marlins as he is the likely Rookie of the Year in the National League.

His stats are incredible for a dismal Miami team: 12-6, 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts and he was an all-star. If you look at the advanced stats his numbers are even more incredible as he has a 177 ERA+ and hitters are hitting .182/.257/.265 against him and that is a .522 OPS. He strikes out batters at a 27.5% rate and walks hitters at a 8.5% rate. He only averages 3.83 Pitches per Plate Appearance. If you use run-converting metrics he would have a 3.44 ERA in an environment like the 2000 Rockies.

He is the NL Rookie of the Year even though his team is awful (54-92 with today's loss to the Atlanta Braves). He has had some issues with getting really fired up (for example yesterdays confrontation with the Braves in his final start of the season due to an innings limit)

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