Former Rookie of the Year winner Jose Fernandez is now less than 2 weeks away from his expected return to the Big Leagues. He is expected to start July 2nd against the Giants and based on his rehab starts, it looks like he's going to begin right where he left off before undergoing Tommy John surgery.
He hadn't done too well in his first two rehab starts after giving up 5 Earned Runs over 3 innings while striking out 2 in his first start. In his 2nd start against the same team he fared a bit better and threw 5 scoreless innings while just giving up 2 hits and a walk and striking out 4. His most recent start is proof of a bright future for the Miami Marlins after he gave up just 1 run over over 4.2 innings and striking out 10 batters.
Before Fernandez had the surgery, he was one of the best pitchers in the majors and for most of 2014 had an ERA under 2. By the time his season ended on May 9th, he had a 2.44 ERA, 3 double digit strikeout games in 8 starts and was on pace for more than 300 strikeouts, (70 K's in 36 team games)
His K/9 ratio was more than 12 in 2014 and if he can continue where he left off, we could be looking at one of the best pitchers we have seen in a while.
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