Marlins Promote Jose Fernandez; Takes 5th Spot in Starting Rotation.

Not sure anyone saw this one coming but the Marlins have called up Jose Fernandez to take the 5th spot in the pitching rotation.

As the Marlins announced their opening day roster, the last name announced was none other than super prospect Jose Fernandez. With both Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez unexpectedly going on the DL, the Marlins needed two starters and the Marlins chose Fernandez and Alex Sanabia to take those spots. While the Fernandez move is exciting for Marlins fans and the future of the franchise, one must worry whether this was the right move. Fernandez has only pitched as high as A-ball and was slated to join AA this year, a more natural progression for even the best of prospects. Also, with days off, the Marlins will skip the 5th spot during the first week so in reality the Marlins may only need a couple starts from that spot. Calling up Fernandez not only risks his development but starts his Major LEague service clock, making him potentially eligible for arbitration sooner.

Regardless, watching Fernandez pitch and hopefully develop into a star pitcher provides something to look forward to in what may likely be a long and challenging season for the Marlins.

How rough is the MLB Draft? 2 catchers picked 5th & 6th in 2008: Posey signs 9 year/$167MM deal while Skipworth can’t make Marlins roster.

How rough is the MLB Draft? 2 catchers picked 5th & 6th in 2008: Posey signs 9 year/$167MM deal while Skipworth can’t make Marlins roster.

RT @Rizzmiggizz: Meet the 2013 Miami Marlins! A Position-By-Position Analysis of Baseball’s Worst Lineup http://t.co/5R4TdukkWt via @mia …

RT @Rizzmiggizz: Meet the 2013 Miami Marlins! A Position-By-Position Analysis of Baseball’s Worst Lineup blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2013/0… via @Mia

From SI article: While the official attendance figure was 2.2 million, the Marlins pulled only 1.4 million fans through the turnstiles.

From SI article: While the official attendance figure was 2.2 million, the Marlins pulled only 1.4 million fans through the turnstiles.

“Sure, we’ll take under-performing Gaby Sanchez and give you Gorkys Hernandez!” Now Gorkys can’t even make one of the weakest rosters in MLB

I imagine the Pirates saying “Sure, we’ll take under-performing Gaby Sanchez and give you Gorkys Hernandez!”

Now Gorkys can’t even make one of the weakest rosters in MLB

Marlins chose Kyle Skipworth 6th in the 1st round of the 2008 draft and yet he is at risk of losing the backup catcher spot to Koyle Hill.

Marlins chose Kyle Skipworth 6th in the 1st round of the 2008 draft and yet he is at risk of losing the backup catcher spot to Koyle Hill.

“He’s pulled off a series of shrewd and increasingly profitable business moves, exploiting all the advantages afforded to [MLB’s owners]”

“He’s pulled off a series of shrewd and increasingly profitable business moves, exploiting all the advantages afforded to [MLB’s owners]”

Forbes confirms what @jonahkeri wrote: “There’s Shrewd, There’s Genius, Then There’s Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria”

Forbes confirms what @jonahkeri wrote: “There’s Shrewd, There’s Genius, Then There’s Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria”

Forbes ranks the Marlins as 26th most valuable MLB club at $520MM with $195MM in revenues and $7.1 operating loss

Forbes ranks the Marlins as 26th most valuable MLB club at $520MM with $195MM in revenues and $7.1 operating loss: forbes.com/pictures/eddk4…

2013 Marlins starting rotation: 1 future free agent, 2 guys with potential, 2 AAA 5th starters (Nolasco, Eovaldi, LeBlanc, Alvarez, Slowey)

2013 Marlins starting rotation: 1 future free agent, 2 guys with potential, 2 AAA 5th starters (Nolasco, Eovaldi, LeBlanc, Alvarez, Slowey)

Another reason not to trade 5 starters in one deal is that you don’t get enough MLB-ready players back. Marlins have major holes to fill.

Another reason not to trade 5 starters in one deal is that you don’t get enough MLB-ready players back. Marlins have major holes to fill.