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Jose Fernandez, 20, makes Marlins’ Opening Day roster

Mar 31, 2013, 10:27 AM EST

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Surprising news this morning out of south Florida.

According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins have purchased the contract of top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez, adding him to their season-opening starting rotation.

Fernandez, who doesn’t turn 21 years old until late July, was the 14th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft. He posted a 1.75 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and 158/35 K/BB ratio in 134 innings last season between Low-A Greensboro and High-A Jupiter. Baseball America ranked him the fifth-best prospect in baseball this past winter.

Fernandez is scheduled to make his major league debut on April 7 in New York against the Mets.

The Fish placed Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez on the 15-day DL in a corresponding move.

  1. chill1184 - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Right on cue the trollisphere of the NY media is criticizing the Mets for standing pat with Wheeler.

    • thebadguyswon - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      I wipe my fanny with the NY media.

  2. chacochicken - Mar 31, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I understand you are only 20 but just to be safe, Jose, you may want to rent instead of buy.

    • Old Gator - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      And the scuttlebutt around the domino tables at the Leetle Havana cafes thees morning? “Yeah, he’ll be thought of as the next Andrew Meeler – another potentially talented peetcher the Feesh ruined by pooshing heem eento the show about a fool season at treeple ay before he was ready.”

      • Old Gator - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Incidentally, I do wish this kid luck. He has loads of talent, but he’s getting this break more because of injuries to other Feesh hurlers this spring than because he’s really ready. It would make much more sense to let John Maine join the starting rotation and keep him on the bench for mop up work, of which there’s likely to be plenty, than put him in a higher pressure situation before he gets his fins wet.

  3. bringbackkosar - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    and the follies that pass for MLB in south Florida continue

    • Old Gator - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      They actually don’t pass for MLB in many venues anymore. Not even here.

  4. paperlions - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Not too surprising if you think of it from the Marlins odd perspective (in that they have 0% intention of keeping any player that is good enough to earn a lot of $$). Florida doesn’t view assets like other teams, they aren’t worried about starting his arbitration clock, in fact, getting it started sooner might make him more valuable in trade. For a team with Florida’s priorities (make money, don’t spend money, win if you get lucky), this has multiple benefits. 1) It might create a little buzz and sell tickets for games the kid starts. 2) If he does as well as projected, by the time he’s 24 he’ll be ripe trade bait, what team wouldn’t be interested in an established 24 yr old starter? Great target for an extension without even going into his 30s.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      This^

      Rinse and Repeat while Bud turns the other check and watches another market get destroyed

      • Old Gator - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        What do you mean, “another” market? This one already looks like that pan shot of Tokyo that opens Godzilla. Has since the infamous 2005 “market correction” by Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Mar 31, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Montreal then Miami

    • Old Gator - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Paper: you’re assuming he does well up here. He might, of course – he wouldn’t be the first youngster to break in early – but more than likely he’s going to get smacked around but good and he won’t get much support from his gimpy or gerontological infield or outfield, the Iron Giant notwithstanding. If he melts down due to inexperience and winds up struggling to get his confidence back in the minors by midseason, all such bets are off.

      • paperlions - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Yeah, I am…but if he struggles, that won’t necessarily decrease his current (or future) trade value, but if he holds his own or excels it will increase it. For the Marlins, it seems like a no risk move.

  5. wmubtyler - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    See you on the Tigers in 5 years

    • Old Gator - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      You do realize, of course, that that’s not where Cur and Proudly think he’s headed, right?

      • historiophiliac - Mar 31, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        Oh, Canadians have been disappointed before.

        *cough* 1812 *cough*

  6. Old Gator - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Incidentally, the other evening I was enjoying some fine local musicians up at the world famous Luna Star Cafe in North Macondo, being ministered to by the lissome Brie, the barista, when a North Macondo city councilman I know walked in and began telling Alexis, the establishment’s indefatigable owner, about a difficult vote coming up on a bond issue for the city’s art museum. Conversation then turned to the upcoming countywide vote on authorizing a fat new wad of public money for upgrading Joeprodolsharklife Stadium. The councilman’s response: it’s a moribund turkey, because Scrooge McLoria and the Feesh “have killed any possibility of public money for sports facilities in this county for the next hundred years.”

    That’s as close to a silver lining as we’re gonna see down here.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 31, 2013 at 3:18 PM

      And what was on the music menu that evening?

      (Blues would almost make the scene too perfect, eh?)

      • Old Gator - Mar 31, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        The great Spider John Koerner. In the flesh. Wonderful.

        Note I don’t call him the immortal Spider John Koerner because he isn’t dead yet.

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