Today I wanted to take a look at outfielder Jose Fernandez, who played for the Arizona League Reds in 2013. Fernandez hit .284/.352/.422 and stole 17 bases in 19 attempts. He played in just 35 games and racked up just 130 plate appearances on the season.
The 19-year-old made big improvements in 2013 over what he did in the 2012 season where he played for the Dominican Summer League Reds, hitting .211/.301/.273. Despite making a big step up in competition this season, his performance was much stronger, improving his power and output at the plate overall. He also performed much better on the base paths, stealing 10 more bases and being caught one less time despite less playing time. His walk rate was a tad low at 6.2% and his strikeout rate was 22.3%, which isn’t good but isn’t bad either.
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