Tuesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced the finalists for Major League Baseball‘s annual awards. One not so surprising name on two finalists lists was Miami Marlins‘ upstart, young right-handed pitcher Jose Fernandez. Fernandez was named as a finalist for the National League Rookie of the Year award and the National League Cy Young award. He belongs in the talk in both categories.
There is no doubt that Fernandez has the greatest chance at winning the Rookie of the Year award this season. He was named the National League’s top rookie by his peers and by the Sporting News. He went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and struck out 187 batters, the most by any rookie. He led the league in H/9 with 5.8, an incredible number for a rookie. He was clearly the team’s best player in 2013 and will be for time to come.
Since the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Yasiel Puig cooled off as the season went on and Shelby Miller was not as nearly as effective as Fernandez for the St. Louis Cardinals, Fernandez has the edge in the Rookie of the Year award voting.
As far as Cy Young voting, Clayton Kershaw is not going to win unanimously. Fernandez will get some votes for Cy Young but his chances of winning are slim. Kershaw had a remarkable 1.83 ERA and 232 strikeouts. He was basically untouchable and another award for him is almost certain.
It is great to know that Fernandez is being widely recognized. However, he has to continue doing great. Miami cannot afford another bust.