Much has been written and spoken regarding Miami Marlins rookie pitcher Jose Fernandez. He seems to be the most well liked and most widely successful rookie pitcher in the last decade. There is little doubt about his popularity with his peers and he also has the stats to back-up the attention he has drawn in his direction. There are few players in all of Major League Baseball that have had the type of effect on their team that Fernandez has had on the Marlins. It is seriously time to consider him for National League Rookie of the Year.
Before you say anything, I’m fully aware of the presence of Yasiel Puig. The Los Angeles Dodgers rookie will likely take the ROTY award by a large margin but I don’t think the margin should be that large. Fernandez has the third best ERA in all of MLB with a mark of 2.30. The only two pitchers better are Matt Harvey and Clayton Kershaw. You might want to read those two names twice. That tells me something right there. Also his win total is impressive.
I know he only has ten wins but his team only has 49 wins overall. You’re talking about a guy who has personally accounted for 20% of all of his team’s wins. It is the equivalent of a 20 game winner on a 100 win team. Forget rookie of the year, this guy would get close to the Cy-Young award if it weren’t for lack of wins from his team. That tells me that he should be much more than an afterthought for the Rookie of the Year title.