How did he get here?: Signed as a free agent, 2009
Stats: 6'1", 170 lbs, Bats: Right. Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2011: 17
Jose Fernandez was one of three GCL Astros to play at 17 years old, and you can see from his numbers that he did alright for a player almost two years younger than the team average.
Playing as a shortstop, Fernandez drew good reviews from Ricky Bennett, and he'll be given every opportunity to move up through the organization.
Fernandez hit a lot of groundballs - right at 46%, and his overall BABIP was .317. In a very limited (32 AB) sample size, Fernandez got eight hits against LHP, and his OPS was 319 points higher against LHPs than RHPs (keeping in mind, we're talking about the difference in 113 ABs). Encouragingly, his road OPS was 105 points higher (.677) than his home OPS (.572), and he hit far better with runners on (.302/.337/.512) than with the bases empty (.165/.200/.209) in a comparable number of ABs.
In the field, Fernandez posted an .879 Fld%, committing 32 errors in 265 chances at shortstop.
What went right?
The fact that, as a 17-year old, he was in the GCL. The Astros are proving that they're more aggressive with their minor-leaguers. He may not have posted incredible numbers this season, but the fact that he was even here shows what the Astros think of him.
Total Man of the Match awards: Zero.
What went wrong?
Hitting with the bases empty. His OPS was 440 points lower with the bases empty than with runners on.
I imagine we'll see him in Greeneville next year, and he'll be 18 when the Appalachian League starts play.