Monday, November 11, 2013
Jose Fernandez has been named the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year. He earned 26 of 30 first-place votes, winning in a landslide. Fernandez is the fourth Marlin to win ROY (joining Dontrelle Willis, Hanley Ramirez, and Chris Coghlan), as well as the first Cuban-born player to win the award in the NL.
Fernandez was seated beside his mother and grandmother when the announcement was made. His grandmother, Olga, traveled to Miami Sunday in advance of the announcement, seeing him for the first time since he escaped Cuba with his mother and sister as a 15-year-old. More on that here.
Jose's resume is impressive. He was second in the majors with a 2.19 ERA, and led the big leagues in hits allowed per 9 innings with 5.8. He had the most WAR among rookies (4.2) and opponents hit .182 against him.
Our favorite Jose stat: in 28 starts he made this season, he gave up 0 or 1 earned run 15 times.
Plenty of past ROY winners have struggled to maintain their performance (cough, Coghlan, cough), but we're guessing Jose will continue to dominate in the years to come. Congrats Jose!