Being an MLB All-Star is an accomplishment few can say they have achieved.
Making the All-Star Game at 20 years old? Even fewer can claim that honor.
20 year old former Alonso (Tampa, Fla.)
baseball star Jose Fernandez is just two years removed from the high school diamond and tonight he will hear his name called alongside the best players in the world.
Grantland.com's Jordan Conn wrote an excellent profile on Fernandez
, which detailed the young superstar's arduous journey to America, and eventually the big leagues.
A Cuba native, Fernandez's road before Alonso wasn't cut and dry. Many complications delayed his entrance into the states, but when he set foot on the baseball field he wasted no time making a name for himself.
In his freshman year playing for the Ravens, Fernandez had a seven inning
outing, striking out 15 batters along the way, but come to find out
that was not good enough for him. He knew that his future was going to take him well beyond facing high school hitters, and he needed to work on his mechanics.
After leading Alonso to state championships in his sophomore and senior seasons, Fernandez had committed to continue his baseball career at the University of South Florida. But he would never enroll.
Instead he would have the opportunity to play for the Miami Marlins, who drafted him 14th overall in 2011.
Fernandez posted a 14-1 record with a 1.75 ERA in his first year of minor league baseball, before finding out he would never get the chance to do that again either. The day before the 2013 MLB season kicked off, the Marlins owner informed Fernandez that he had made the major league roster.
Here we are halfway through the season, and there has been no looking back for Fernandez. The rookie has posted a stellar 2.75 ERA with 103 strikeouts in 104.2 innings.
He is the Marlins' best pitcher, and at 20 years old is the lone Marlin to be selected to the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.
There will be no more wandering for Fernandez. He has found a home in the big leagues.