5. Jose Fernandez
Current 2016 stats: 12-6, 2.87 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 131.1 IP, 103 H, 39 BB, 192 K, .217 BAA
Projected: 18-9, 2.87 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 195.2 IP, 153 H, 58 BB, 285 K, .217 BAA
This just in: Jose Fernandez is back. With his early career derailed by dreaded Tommy John surgery, he has not missed a beat upon return. The 24-year-old is dynamite and, out of the whole pack, might be the most filthy when on his game.
Anchoring Miami’s staff and helping the team stay in contention all year long, the Marlins have to wonder where they would be without him. As one of the more prized commodities in baseball, the right-hander ranks second in the NL in strikeouts and third in wins.
His K/9 rate is also off the charts as he leads the league with a 13.1 clip.
Expect the organization to be wary of how much they push him in the late stages of the season but, as long as he is in there, expect him to dominate his way to Cy Young contention.