José Fernández Biography
(Cuban-American Professional Baseball Pitcher)
Birthday: July 31, 1992 (Leo)
Born In: Santa Clara, Cuba
José Delfin Fernández Gómez was a Cuban-American professional baseball player, who played for the ‘Miami Marlins’ in the ‘Major League Baseball’ (MLB). His liveliness in the game had earned him the nickname, ‘Niño.’ Fernández was born and raised in Santa Clara, Cuba. He unsuccessfully tried to defect on three occasions and had to serve prison terms on every attempt. He succeeded on the fourth attempt and reached Tampa, Florida, when he was 15. During his high school years, he played with Florida Class 6A state champions. He was selected by ‘Florida Marlins’ in the first round of the ‘2011 MLB Draft.’ His scores earned him ‘Minor League Pitcher of the Year’ title and he was rated as ‘Miami Marlins’ best prospect and fifth best prospect in baseball by ‘Baseball America.’ In his debut year for ‘Miami Marlins,’ he was named to the ‘2013 MLB All-Star Game’ and won the ‘National League Rookie of the Year’ award. A torn ligament in 2014 resulted in ‘Tommy John surgery.’ He played once again for ‘MLB All-Star Game’ in 2016. Fernández died in a boating accident off the coast of Miami Beach at the age of 24.