Miami Marlins‘ young, upstart right-handed flamethrower Jose Fernandez was named co-National League Player of the Week Tuesday alongside Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija. This marks the second time that Fernandez has won the award this season, adding to his case to become the National League Rookie of the Year.
Last week, Fernandez was 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA while his co-award-winning partner, Samardzija was 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA for the Cubs. Another great week for Fernandez in the books is adding to a fantastic season that the 21-year-old is having. In 25 starts this season, Fernandez is 10-5 with a 2.30 ERA, 165 strikeouts and a 1.002 WHIP. That’s a ridiculous total for someone that was not even supposed to start the season in the majors.
However, what might hinder his award-winning season is an innings limit that manager Mike Redmond may place on him. Fernandez has pitched in 152.2 innings this season and once he hits the 170 innings mark, he is expected to be finished for the season, preserving his arm for the 2014 season, which may be a good thing after looking at the New York Mets‘ Matt Harvey.
Fernandez has upped his case to win the rookie of the year award and has certainly not gotten as much publicity as Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has gotten. Fernandez deserves it as he’s been the best player on the Marlins team since his first start against the Mets back in April. Is it any wonder why his WAR is 5.3 and he as the most wins on the team as well as having the only winning record in the rotation?
It is time for the writers to start the voting already.