May 27, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) walks back to the dugout after he pitched the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Joe Maddon Impressed by Jose Fernandez

Miami Marlins rookie sensation and top prospect Jose Fernandez endured his roughest start of his young career when he took the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays on Memorial Day. That did not mean he failed to impress in his start though.

Rays manager Joe Maddon came out of Monday’s game impressed by Fernandez, despite the rookie allowing allowing seven runs (four earned) in just 3 1/3 innings.

“That guy there, with good health, over the next three, four, five years, whatever — could be the best pitcher in the game,” Maddon said. “That’s it. That’s how good he is.”

That’s a huge compliment for the rookie sensation from one of the most respected managers in the game. Maddon has been with the Rays manager since 2005 and has led the Rays to five consecutive winning seasons, the only five in franchise history. He has been named manager of the year twice in that span.

Fernandez threw the hardest he had all season in his start Monday, hitting 99 MPH a few times, including an Evan Longoria strikeout. Not only was Maddon impressed by the pure stuff from Fernandez, he was equally impressed by the confidence the 20-year old rookie displayed.

“Delivery, outstanding. Stuff, outstanding,” the Rays’ two-time American League Manager of the Year said. “He’s got a way about him. I don’t even know the kid, but I could tell he’s got a lot of confidence.”

The future is very bright for Jose Fernandez, now the hope for all Marlins fans is that owner Jeffery Loria and the rest of the front office can find a way to keep Jose a Marlins for life.


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