The Miami Marlins conducted an offseason fire sale that sent virtually every big name player out of town. With injuries mounting to their pitching staff, the Marlins have decided to move their top pitching prospect, Jose Fernandez, into the starting rotation. Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez have been moved onto the disabled list while dealing with shoulder inflammation to start the season and Miami needed to add pitchers to their starting rotation.
Despite not pitching above the Single-A level of baseball, the Marlins made the call for Fernandez to join the rotation. He originally was slated to start the year with the team’s AA affiliate in Jacksonville. Originally, it was believed that Fernandez wouldn’t join the Marlins roster until later this season. His first MLB start will be April 7 against the New York Mets.
Fernandez was ranked seventh overall on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list. He is a hard throwing right-hander that was impressive in Single-A ball last season recording a 14-1 record and a microscopic 1.75 ERA. He was selected by the Marlins 14th overall in the first-round of MLB draft in June of 2011.
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