Fresh off of his Rookie of the Year award win and a finalist for tonight’s Cy Young Award, the discussion has already started surrounding Jose Fernandez‘s potential innings restriction next season. Fernandez finished 2013 just over 172 innings and was shut down September 12th. The Marlins are certainly going to be careful with the young right-hander as he is one of the youngest players to throw more than 162 innings in a season.
The number that many people, including Joe Frisaro, are throwing around is 200. I am fine with limiting Fernandez to 200 innings in 2014, with one exception, If by some miraculous event the Marlins are contending for the playoffs, than it gets lifted.
I look at what the Washington Nationals went through two years ago, when they shut down their ace, Stephen Strasburg, and were promptly bounced from the post-season. You never know how big your window for a championship may be, and I think the Nationals threw away a golden opportunity in 2012.
This is probably irrelevant anyway, as the Marlins appear to be nowhere near a potential playoff berth, but if it came down to shutting Fernandez down, as long as he felt good, I would throw him.
I am also pleased with the way Fernandez finished his season. I fully expected him to hit a wall in the second half and see some of his numbers tail off, but that never happened. If anything, the fire-baller only got stronger as the season progressed. That bodes well for the future ace of Miami’s pitching staff.
Here is other news from around web:
Marlins in pursuit of upgrade at catcher | Miami Herald
ORLANDO – The quest for catching never seems to end for the Marlins. John Buck wasn’t the answer. So far, Rob Brantly hasn’t been either. Heck, only once in franchise history have the Marlins had the same everyday catcher for three consecutive years, and that was Charles Johnson in the mid-1990s.
Marlins finding predictably tight catching market | Sun-Sentinel
ORLANDO – A report surfaced during the General Managers’ meetings Tuesday that free agent catcher Carlos Ruiz, who turns 35 in January, had already received a two-year, $20 million offer. If that’s an accurate indication of where the catching market is heading, the Marlins might be hard-pressed to upgrade at that spot.
Cuban roots help Hill’s transition to Marlins‘ front office | Sun-Sentinel
When Michael Hill wasn’t in the cage swinging, he was behind it talking. Hill spent two seasons in the minors after the Texas Rangers selected him in the 31st round out of Harvard in 1993. A .223 hitter through his first 319 career plate appearances, Hill caught on with the Reds’ organization in 1995. Before season’s end, he closed the chapter.
Heaney named AFL Pitcher of the Week | Flamarlins.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. — It might not be too far-fetched to say that left-hander Andrew Heaney will be in the Miami Marlins’ rotation by the end of the 2014 season. Especially if he continues to pitch the way he has in the Arizona Fall League.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
If you were holding out hope on the Miami Marlins emerging as the mystery team in the Robinson Cano sweepstakes, you may have been half right, until now. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Marlins were a team that kept popping up as a destination for Cano.
Greatest Moment In Marlins History: #139 His Name Is Billy | Andy Salgado
Uniforms? Check! Players? Check! Stadium? Check! Name of the Team? Check! Opening Day date set? Check! Coach? Check! What was missing? Welcome to the Greatest Moment in Marlins History, moment 139. By February 25, 1993 the Marlins were all but ready to begin their baseball dreams but something was missing. What was missing? Billy the Marlin!
Here’s to 2014!