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MLB Draft 2011: Florida Marlins pick Jose Fernandez in the First Round

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With the first round selection, the Florida Marlins draft Jose Fernandez- a hard-throwing right handed Floridian. With some loose ends in the five-man rotation, the Marlins are looking to bolster the pitching. This decade the Marlins have had a history of going after pitchers, so this draft pick isn’t far from the norm. 

So why not draft a left-handed pitcher you ask? To be honest, I have no idea but this kid seems to have a strong arm with a nice slider as an out pitch.  He pumped it up and touched 98 mph at the 2010 AFLAC All-American Game.  The scouting report says he has a nice 12-6 breaking ball but needs help with his release point. The positive with drafting this kid is once he gets his command down, he’ll be able to move up the ranks quickly.

As a sophomore, he pitched the Class 6A title game which gave Alonso High School its first state title. Fernandez went 13-1 as a senior, posting a 1.35 ERA and 134 strikeouts. Throughout his career at Alonso, he went 30-3 while striking out 314 batters.

Fernandez should be a good fit in Miami, coming from Cuba only three years ago. His high school coach believes the atmosphere will suit well for the young man.

Can Fernandez become the next big thing in South Beach? Only time will tell.

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