Sep 9, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) waves prior to a game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Fernandez Named Baseball America 2013 Rookie Of The Year


 

Sep 12, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez in the dugout during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. The Braves won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 12, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez in the dugout during a game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. The Braves won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Fernandez may need to start expanding the shelf space in his home with all of the hardware he is winning this offseason.  Fernandez was named the Baseball America 2013 Rookie of the Year.  Baseball America selects just one rookie from both leagues for this award.

The list of past winners is quite impressive with several future MVPs and Cy Young Award winners included:

PREVIOUS ROOKIES
OF THE YEAR

2012 Mike Trout, of, Angels
2011 Jeremy Hellickson, rhp, Rays
2010 Jason Heyward, of, Braves
2009 Andrew McCutchen, of, Pirates
2008 Geovany Soto, c, Cubs
2007 Ryan Braun, 3b, Brewers
2006 Justin Verlander, rhp, Tigers 
2005 Huston Street, rhp, Athletics 
2004 Khalil Greene, ss, Padres
2003 Brandon Webb, rhp, Diamondbacks 
2002 Eric Hinske, 3b, Blue Jays 
2001 Albert Pujols, of/3b/1b, Cardinals 
2000 Rafael Furcal, ss/2b, Braves
1999 Carlos Beltran, of, Royals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fernandez is the first Marlins player to win the Baseball America award.  Since 1999, 11 of the 14 winners of this award have gone on to win the official Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year award voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).  Interestingly enough, the winner of the Baseball America award did not go on to win the official ROY in 2003 and 2009 when Marlins Dontrelle Willis and Chris Coghlan were selected by the BBWAA.

Baseball America also released its 2013 All-Rookie Team which, of course, included Fernandez as one of five starting pitchers.

Jose was also named the Sporting News Rookie of the Year earlier this offseason in a landslide win over second place finisher Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers.

The BBWAA Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award will be announced on November 11th with Fernandez appearing to be the front runner at this point.  Fernandez was 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA for the Marlins this past season and represented the team in the All-Star Game.

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