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Miami Marlins 2014 Spring Training Profile: Jose Fernandez

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There is actually some hope for the Miami Marlins. That could not have been written if Jose Fernandez had not shown up with some kind of chip on his shoulder last season. Fernandez carried the Marlins’ rotation and not only became the team’s lone starter with a winning record, but also struck out 187 batters and won the NL Rookie of the Year award. His excellence is something that should continue this season, barring the extraordinary.

Fernandez was dominant with his fastball last season, overpowering a lot of batters. He gave Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw a run for his money for the NL Cy Young award and will do the same again this season. What is of concern is his arm, and hopefully for the Marlins, he does not throw it out because it is the one thing Miami has to look forward to this season.

Miami is not going to become a contender in the NL East for a while because of how its lineup looks at this point. Behind Fernandez is nothing too special. The Marlins can only hope to get 13-14 wins from Fernandez while he still potentially has an innings limit. Nonetheless, he will have a solid 2014. Do not expect him to go out in Spring Training and pitch a lot because he’ll be saving his arm for the rigors of the regular season.

Ryan Gaydos is an MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.