Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 7/1/13
MIAMI It was during spring training nearly four months ago, when Jose Fernandez approached Marcell Ozuna. The projected soon-to-be ace of the Miami Marlins had something to tell the talented outfield prospect. He came to me and said, Were gong to go together to the big leagues, Ozuna said. I said, OK, well go together. And now, the way we have started has been a surprise to us. And to everybody else. Fernandez and Ozuna not only are rookies who figure to be part of the Marlins future, theres a good chance one of them will represent Miami in this years All-Star Game. After all, going together to the All-Star Game as rookies on a last-place team would be too much even for Hollywood. With Fernandez pitching two-hit ball through eight innings and Ozuna providing the go-run with a sixth-inning single, the Marlins defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 on Monday night. Jeff Mathis, who hit a walk-off grand slam Sunday, delivered a three-run double to help give Miami a third straight win after dropping the opener of the four-game series. The Marlins have won six of seven, and eight of 10. Many different players contributed to Miami going 15-10 in the month of June. But in terms of potential All-Stars, theres basically Fernandez, Ozuna and perhaps closer Steve Cishek. Fernandez, 20, had been targeted to begin his year at Double-A before shoulder injuries to Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez resulted in the young right-hander being added to the roster right before Opening Day. Just three months into his MLB career, the Cuban refugee has shown hes a special talent both on and off the mound. Hes probably unlike any pitcher Ive ever seen, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. In that most guys come in to the dugout, sit down, have a glass of water, towel off. This guy is walking around. Hes talking to everybody. Hes mad because he struck out. But thats him. Hes young, but at the same time, hes exciting and thats what we love about him. He wants to be out there, and hes having fun. Hes like a little kid out there. Hes also 5-4 on team that, despite a hot June, is 30-51 overall at the halfway mark. He owns a 2.72 ERA and opposing hitters are batting .193 against him. He has struck out 94 and walked only 33 in 16 starts. Fernandez has been overshadowed nationally by New York Mets rookie right-hander Matt Harvey, and he hasnt received the groundswell of All-Star support like that given Los Angeles Dodgers youngster Yasiel Puig. Still, he deserves to be at New Yorks Citi Field on July 16 as much as they do. Whether or not Fernandez finds a place on the National League squad will be seen when the rosters are announced at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show on FOX. It would incredible, said Fernandez, who tied a career-high with 10 strikeouts Monday. Its something I wanted to happen in my career a lot of times. I dont know how to explain it. It would be incredible if I get a chance to go to represent this team and Miami and all the Cubans and all the Spanish who follow this team. Cishek struggled early but has come on strong. Overall, he has 15 saves in 17 chances with a 3.12 ERA. If for some reason the NL needs a position player from the Marlins instead of a pitcher, Ozuna figures to be the choice. Since being promoted on April 30 to replace then-injured Giancarlo Stanton, the Dominican Republic native has hit .299 with two homers and 26 RBI. He had a 16-game hitting streak (May 15-31) and has hit safely in his past 10 games. Ozunas game-winning RBI Monday night was his eighth, tops among NL rookies. Asked who should represent the Marlins at the Midsummer Classic himself or Fernandez Ozuna doesnt hesitate. Him, said Ozuna, referring to Fernandez. And if you ask him hed say, Him. Thats Jose. Hes never worried about getting things himself. Something Ozuna learned during spring training. Charlie McCarthy can be reached at mac1763@bellsouth.net or on Twitter @mccarthy_chas
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pablo Sandoval apologizes for comments about Giants

Marcus Morris to Kyrie Irving: 'Just don't go to Golden State'

Report: Cubs interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy

Marc-Andre Fleury took Stanley Cup on a road trip, protected it well

Cardinals say Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald won't play in Hall of Fame Game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Chiefs LB Tamba Hali goes on Twitter rant, seemingly wants out

O.J. Simpson still invited to attend Hall of Fame ceremonies

WATCH: 49ers and Seahawks players working out together

WATCH: Vince Carter throws out first pitch for 'SagerStrong Night'

Knicks GM Scott Perry has yet to meet with owner James Dolan

Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler reportedly recruiting Kyrie Irving to the Timberwolves

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

The unexpected rise of the Connecticut Sun

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

Kicking It: USMNT struggles to find consistency in Gold Cup as World Cup qualifying nears

Three Up, Three Down: The Dodgers are a complete juggernaut right now

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

Who won the Open Championship in the year you were born?

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

Box Score 7/21: Stay cool this weekend sports fans

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

The Orioles need to unwind past deals if they are going to rebuild

BIG3 Referee Hotline Bling: Sam Hinkie is calling the shots

The 'No one is betterer than Roger Federer' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker