ROY vs. Shorebirds
On Monday, 21-year old rookie sensation Jose Fernandez, right-handed pitcher for the Miami Marlins, was named the NL Rookie of the Year. His numbers were staggering in the big leagues this year – 12-6, 2.19 ERA – second best in the major leagues. Opposing batters hit just .182 against him.
The crazy thing about the above is that one year ago, he was pitching for the Greensboro Grasshoppers – yes, the Miami Marlins affiliate in the South Atlantic League.
He actually pitched twice against the Shorebirds. It was clear both times that he was destined for stages much larger than Arthur W. Perdue Stadium or NewBridge Bank Park (home of Grasshoppers).
4/12/12 – W, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 8 K, 2 BB
5/26/12 – W, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 12 K, 1 BB
So, in two games against the Shorebirds, Fernandez went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA with 20 K and 3 BB.
Let’s be fair – it wasn’t just the Shorebirds that he picked on. He went 7-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 14 starts with the Grasshoppers.
Man, he was good.