Ever since he burst onto the scene early during the 2013 season, Miami Marlins rookie starting pitcher Jose Fernandez has been more of a story than given credit for. Finally this past month he took home National League Rookie of the Month honors. He deserves it even though he only plays every fifth day. For a team that does not win all that often, Fernandez went 3 – 1 with a 2.06 ERA for the month of July.
For a team that is far from steady, he has been the steadiest pitcher on the team including the extremely effective Nathan Eovaldi. The great news is that with these two and other budding stars the Marlins are looking even better next year than they probably thought they would. For this year they very well might be looking at Fernandez taking home the Rookie of the Year in the National League. He has had an impact over the long haul that is probably more than that of the other rookies in the N.L.
He has been very effective and stayed relatively healthy. I really run out of reasons not to consider him a strong favorite for the award. Though it rarely goes to a pitcher, it sometimes does and this could be the year that it does. Evan Gattis has been good all year but there have been injuries to deal with. Obviously Yasiel Puig is going to get a lot of votes but he really hasn’t been on fire in quite a while. Hopefully those that vote will look at the entire season and the actual performance of each candidate. If they do that then there will be no question of Fernandez deserves as much of a chance as Puig, Gattis or anyone else.