After the Marlins dumped nearly all of their high-priced stars last winter, Fernandez was a rare bright spot in Miami's 62-100 season. He made the All-Star team at age 20, and went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 172 2/3 innings.
Fernandez becomes the first Cuban-born player to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Tony Oliva won the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1964 as a member of the Twins. The National League produced an impressive crop of rookies this season — and the vote likely would have been much closer if Puig was around for the entire season — but Fernandez was the best of the bunch. While the Marlins surprised many around the game by including him on their Opening Day roster despite no experience above High-A, he quickly established himself as a legitimate ace, finishing second in the majors (behind the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw) with a 2.19 ERA to go along with a 187/58 K/BB ratio over 172 2/3 innings.
Fernandez stood out in a very deep National League class, and the pitcher received 26 of 30 first-place votes from a Baseball Writers' Association of America panel. His debut season was so superb that he's one of three finalists for the NL Cy Young Award, with the winner to be announced Wednesday.
The Miami Marlins have a good start on copying the Rays' road to success with pitcher Jose Fernandez winning the National League award. Fernandez won 12 games for the last-place Marlins, finished second in the NL with a 2.19 earned run average and led the league with just 5.8 hits allowed per nine innings – the lowest figure in the NL since 1985 and best in the majors since 2000. That was enough to get Fernandez 26 of the 30 first-place votes and beat out Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, who got the other first-place votes to finish a distant second.
Fernandez, who didn’t turn 21 until July 31 and thus just completed his age-20 season, made Miami’s rotation out of spring training in just his second full professional season despite having never pitched above High-A. He finished the year with a 12-6 record, 2.19 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings in 172 2/3 innings across 28 starts.
.@josefernandez77 is the first Cuban-born player to win the NL Rookie of the Year Award.— MLB (@MLB) November 12, 2013
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His teammates (and opposing hitters) knew how good @josefernandez77 was this year- I'm glad he got recognized for it. Better stuff to come.— Ed Lucas (@ELuke21) November 12, 2013
Congrats to @josefernandez77 on winning the Rookie of The Year award Much deserved brotha!— Christian Yelich (@ChristianYelich) November 11, 2013