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Saturday, Nov 22, 2014

Alonso grad Fernandez named NL Rookie of the Year

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ORLANDO - Jose Fernandez became the third Tampa prep star be named rookie of the year when he was announced Monday as the top rookie in the National League for 2013.

Fernandez, the 2012 Alonso High graduate who was 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA in 28 starts for the Miami Marlins, joins Jesuit product Lou Piniella (Kansas City Royals, 1969) and Hillsborough standout Dwight Gooden (New York Mets, 1984) as top rookies as voted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Fernandez, less than two years removed from pitching Alonso to a state title, made the jump from Class A to the big leagues this season, making the Marlins rotation out camp after a spot was created because of injuries to a pair of starters.

Fernandez was named to the NL All-Star team. He pitched one inning during the July game in New York, striking out Dustin Pedroia and Chris Davis before getting Miguel Cabrera on a pop-up.

In doing so, Fernandez joined Gooden and Feller as the only three pitchers to throw a scoreless inning in an All-Star Game before their 21st birthdays.

Fernandez beat out Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller for the award.

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