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BRM’s BBA Nominee for Willie Mays Award: Jose Fernandez


Marlins rookie pitcher dazzled fans and baffled hitters.

We continue to reveal Blog Red Machine’s nominees for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance awards and we turn out attention to the Willie Mays Award. The Mays is presented to the best rookie player in the NL. After all the ballots were gathered, the staff selected…

Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

The voting as close as close could be. After tabulating the staff’s ballots, there was only one point separating Fernandez from Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers with Fernandez holding the slightest of leads. In a post I had published a couple of weeks ago, those results had Fernandez as our readers’ top choice.

During his rookie campaign, Fernandez sported a record of 12-6 with an ERA of 2.19 and a WHIP of 0.979 in 28 starts. He led all rookies pitchers (both leagues) in strikeouts with 187. Among all rookie pitchers that started at least 20 games, Fernandez allowed the fewest home runs with 10.

Despite having his season limited, Fernandez ranked in the top ten in many NL pitching categories.

- WAR: 6.7 (3rd, 7th overall)
- ERA: 2.19 (2nd)
- WHIP: 0.979 (3rd)
- SO/9: 9.747 (2nd)
- HR/9: 0.521 (5th)
- Adjusted ERA+: 176 (2nd)

Fernandez also earned a selection to the All-Star Game as the Marlins only representative. A worthy choice.

We could make the assertion that Fernandez was the Marlins best player, period.

Some may remember Fernandez more for this which occurred during his last game of the season…

Insert your Brian McCann narrative here…

BRM’s Top Three:

1. Fernandez, MIA
2. Puig, LAD
3. Shelby Miller, STL

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