Right-handed pitcher Junior Fernandez is clearly on another high. The Palm Beach Cardinals starter has picked up his second Florida State League Pitcher of the Week honors in the still-young 2017 season, this time for the period of May 8-14.
Last Tuesday, May 9, at Fort Myers, the 20-year old threw a nine-inning gem, allowing just one run on five hits and a walk. In his first career complete game, Fernandez fanned six, induced eight ground outs and seven fly balls. The Dominican Republic native threw 67 of his 95 pitches for strikes.
Fernandez' earlier FSL Pitcher of the Week award covered April 17-23 in recognition of his April 19 outing. That night, he carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and finished with just one hit and one free pass issued over eight scoreless frames.
Overall on the season, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is still searching for consistency. Over six starts, he is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA that includes two outings in which he yielded five runs each. He has 26 strikeouts against 13 walks in 39 FSL innings. Fernandez, who first joined Palm Beach last July 5, is The Cardinal Nation’s 11th-ranked St. Louis Cardinals prospect.
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