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Jun 01, 2011 - Jun 03, 2011   
  

TBD - TBA, GA
Jose Fernandez
RHP 6-3 215   R/R

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SCOUTING PROFILE: Fernandez’ route to a potential spot in the first round of the draft and the million dollar plus signing bonus that comes with it has been longer and more complicated than any other similar prospect in this draft….perhaps more so than all of them combined. Fernandez was born and raised in Cuba and even pitched for the Cuban National Junior team. However, like many talented Cuban players, Hernandez tried to escape the island for the greener pastures of baseball and life in the United States but was caught and returned twice before finally making it successfully to the United States via Mexico in 2009. Once in Tampa things didn’t get necessarily easier, as the Florida High School Athletic Association declared Fernandez ineligible this past winter, saying that year he spent in Cuba under virtual house arrest following his first failed attempt constituted a year of high school eligibility used. That decision was wisely reversed, ironically probably costing Fernandez money that he could have commanded as a free agent with 30 teams bidding on him in a Aroldis Chapman-type free agent situation. With a lifetime worth of politics and uncertainty behind him, that’s left Fernandez to do what he does best, which is pitch. He is a power pitcher of the highest magnitude, with a big but loose body and smooth, easy throwing mechanics. Fernandez sits regularly in the 93-95 mph range with his fastball and compliments that with a low 80’s slider that has excellent depth and sharpness at times and a deceptive change up. His defining moment as a prospect came at the WWBA World Championships last October while pitching for FTB Mizuno in a playoff game against the Dallas Patriots. With literally hundreds of scouts lining the field, Fernandez threw a complete game shutout, pitching in the 94-97 mph range with a present plus slider and pinpoint control. His combination of raw stuff and command had most scouts openly wondering if Fernandez could have pitched in the Major Leagues that night, with the answer almost universally being to the positive. Fernandez has enjoyed a strong and uneventful spring on the mound, leaving scouts only to worry about minor issues such as his real age (speculated to be a year older than his listed DOB) and his tendency to gain weight (up to 260 lbs at times in the past). The most likely draft scenario is for Fernandez to go in the second half of the first round, perhaps around where his “new” hometown Tampa Bay Rays begin their plethora of picks in the first two rounds. Projected Draft Position: Second half of the First Round. --DAVID RAWNSLEY




May 27, 2011 - May 30, 2011   Tampa Bay Warriors 18U
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Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Jose Fernandez
RHP 6-2 220   R/R

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Oct 21, 2010 - Oct 25, 2010   FTB Mizuno
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Roger Dean Complex - Jupiter, FL
Jose Fernandez
RHP 6-4 215   R/R

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Sep 17, 2010 - Sep 20, 2010   Tampa Bay Warriors
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Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Jose Fernandez
RHP 6-3 215   R/R

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Aug 15, 2010 - Aug 15, 2010   
  

PETCO Park - San Diego, CA
Jose Fernandez
RHP 6-3 215   R/R

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Aug 01, 2010 - Aug 04, 2010   
  

Joker Marchant Stadium - Lakeland, FL
Jose Fernandez
RHP 6-3 215   R/R

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Jul 14, 2010 - Jul 19, 2010   Tampa Bay Warriors
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Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Jose Fernandez
RHP 6-3 215   R/R

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Jun 29, 2010 - Jul 05, 2010   Tampa Bay Warriors
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Jose Fernandez
RHP 6-3 215   R/R

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Jun 17, 2010 - Jun 20, 2010   Columbia Blue
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Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FL
Jose Fernandez
RHP 6-3 215   R/R

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Jose Fernandez is a 2011 RHP with a 6-3 215 lb. frame from Tampa, FL who attends Alonso HS. Strong thick mature body. High leg raise delivery, gets good drive from lower half, stays on line, good clean arm circle, throws downhill, some effort at release. Steady plus fastball velocity, topped at 95 mph, pitched at 92-93, FB mostly straight. Power curveball at 82 mph flashes hard sharp biting action, good downer tilt at times, not consistent yet but potential plus pitch. Did not observe change up. Former Cuban National Youth Team pitcher. High ceiling power arm and body. Selected to Aflac All American Team.
PG Grade 10.0




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May 28, 2010 - May 31, 2010   Tampa Bay Warriors
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Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Jose Fernandez
RHP 6-1 220   R/R

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