Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson said he's still not sure if he'll return this season.
MLB Draft Scouting Report: Jose Fernandez
School: Alonso H.S. (Fla.)
Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, AFLAC All-American
Jose Fernandez does not have the body of a high schooler. 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 in the high school 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 club that drafts Fernandez is drafting him for his huge arm and strong, durable frame. 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.
Draft Projection: First Round, 20-30
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