Beyond The Top 100: Scouting Jose Fernandez

We recently released our annual top 100 prospects list here at, and to follow that up we will be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on select prospects from that list over the course of the off-season. We'll also be breaking down some of the prospects who narrowly missed making the list, like Miami Marlins' prospect Jose Fernandez.

Name: Jose Fernandez
Position: Pitcher
Team: Miami Marlins
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 215
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, AFLAC All-American

Physical Description

Jose Fernandez does not have the body of a pitcher coming out of high school. He's very mature physically and is already well over 200 pounds. You don't need him to pack on any more weight, as he's already built like a big league pitcher and has electric stuff as he is.


When it comes to his delivery, Fernandez needs some work. He tends to get very out of sync in the timing of his arm action and lower half. And, at this stage he's not repeating well pitch to pitch or outing to outing even just throwing fastballs. He collapses quite often on his back leg and dips his shoulder. This gives him a great deal of trouble getting the ball down in the zone and staying on top.


Fernandez is very much in the conversation for best fastball to come out of the 2011 prep draft class. He's consistently at 93-96 mph, and has touched numbers as high as 97-98 mph. Command is a big issue for him and he has trouble locating his fastball for stretches. It's mostly a straight four-seamer so the command will need to come around.


He has some trouble getting to his curveball at times, but when he does it's a pretty good one. He flashes average at times with a 75-80 mph 11-5 hook. But, he gets underneath it quite a bit and throws a lot of very poor ones. If he gets things worked out mechanically it shows a lot of potential.


The changeup rarely comes out for Fernandez but he shows it in warmups. Without being consistent mechanically, it's going to need extensive work from professional coaches.


The Miami Marlins got a huge arm and strong, durable frame when they picked Hernandez. Aside from that he's a bit of a project. But, he's a project that could click and become a dominant front of the rotation starter.

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