With the Miami Marlins putting the finishing touch on their opening day roster, news surfaced that they made the surprising decision to add 20-year-old top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez to their starting rotation. The Marlins announced their decision to purchase Fernandez’s contract and add him to the season opening rotation today. Fernandez will not turn 21-years-old until July, so the early starting experience could work wonders for his development as a player.
Per Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post:
#Marlins updated rotation in DC: Nolasco, Slowey, LeBlanc; in NY: Sanabia, Nolasco, Fernandez
— Joe Capozzi (@joecapMARLINS) March 31, 2013
Fernandez was the 14th overall selection in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft.
Last season, Fernandez recorded 158 strikeouts in 134 innings. With his strong performance in the minor league ranks, he was named the fifth best baseball prospect by Baseball America.
Fernandez will make his major league debut on April 7 against the New York Mets in the Big Apple.
In additional Marlins news, the team placed Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez on the 15-day DL.