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:
|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.
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.