Many of you remember Jose Fernandez as the guy that showed up from Cuba to sling fastballs at the upwards of 100 mph. Jose also holds the distinction of providing the SAL League with their first no hitter of the season. And first ever in Greensboro’s history. You may also remember him from earlier in Spring Training he slung a 101mph fastball at Giancarlo Stanton’s helmet. Stanton was treated and later returned to swing another day. Jose is the number one prospect for the Miami Marlins Organization and was expected to start the 2013 season with the Marlins. He was sent down to the Minors Camp March 13. He is expected to start for the Jacksonville Suns.
“He was impressive,” manager Mike Redmond said. “He was exactly how everybody described him. Everybody said that I’d be impressed, and I was impressed with everything — the way he handled himself, the way he pitched, his command, his presence. His mound presence is great. You can tell he’s a competitor. He wants it. And that’s what you want. Those are the type of guys you want in the organization. His day will come.”
“I’m 20 years old,” Fernandez said. “I just can’t be upset. I pitched six innings, didn’t give up a run. I knew, I was going to get sent down, I was ready for it. … They told me, ‘Hopefully this is the last time.'”
The Marlins on Friday reassigned top prospect Christian Yelich to Minor League camp and told the outfielder that he will open the season at Double-A Jacksonville. Yelich, who ranked 13th on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect List, was Miami’s feel-good story of Spring Training. The left-handed-hitting outfielder, the organization’s first-round pick in 2010, was arguably the team’s best player since camp started — batting .364 with a .451 on-base percentage and a .818 slugging percentage. Many of you remember Yelich as the player that hit the 2 run walk off to win the Championship Series at home against the Hickory Crawdads sending us to Savannah to face the Sand Gnats in the finals. We would win the coveted SAL League Championship four nights later. Christian will be one to watch for years to come. He is expected to do great things! I am really glad I got the privilege of seeing him, among others play in Greensboro, all season long.
Below is a list to start with:
Kyle Skipworth- Miami Marlins (Made opening day roster!!!)
Marcell Ozuna- Jacksonville Suns
Chris Coghlan- Miami Marlins (Made Opening Day roster!!!)
Kyle Jensen- New Orleans Zephyrs
Kevin Mattison- New Orleans Zephyrs
An updated full list will be published upon the conclusion of Spring Training. Rosters come out the Sunday evening! Until then, WOOT WOO… IT’S A GREAT TIME TO BE A HOPPER!