Miami Marlins’ pitcher Jose Fernandez was announced as the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year Monday.
The 21-year old Fernandez went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA despite playing for one of the league’s worst teams this season.
Fernandez received 26 of a possible 30 votes.
Fernandez is a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, but defected in 2008. He wound up in Tampa, Florida and was the 14th overall pick of the Marlins in 2011 draft after an extremely productive high school career.
Fernandez was ranked as the fifth best prospect in baseball before the season began and the Marlins wound up adding him to their 2013 roster.
Fernandez pitched 172.1 innings, allowed 111 hits and 63 walks while striking out 187. He had a WHIP of .98.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Yasiel Puig, who was one of the biggest stories of the entire season, finished second. Puig batted .319, had an on-base percentage of .391 and slugged .410. Puig, also a native of Cuba, hit 19 home runs, drove in 42 runs and stole 11 bases.
Puig received the other four first place votes.
St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Shelby Miller went 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA and finished third in the voting.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers won the AL Rookie of the Year award.