Top 10 Rookie of the Year performances in the 2000s

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 03: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Aaron Judge of the Yankees in action. He is a former MLB rookie of the year. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 03: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Aaron Judge of the Yankees in action. He is a former MLB rookie of the year. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /
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Jose Fernandez of the Marlins looks on. Fernandez was the MLB Rookie of the Year in 2013.
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No. 5: Jose Fernandez – 2013 Miami Marlins

I am grateful that I was able to watch Jose Fernandez pitch on television because many baseball fans nowadays did not have the chance to see what he was all about. Hernandez tragically passed away in 2016 and left a big hole in many fans around the league. There is no better way to remember him than to celebrate what he had accomplished in his short time in the MLB.

Fernandez was absolutely dominant in his rookie season and was really that way his entire career. in 2013, as a 20-year-old starting pitcher, he started 28 games and posted a 2.19 ERA. In those starts, he struck out 187 batters, with and 176 ERA+, 2.73 FIP, and 0.979 WHIP. He also posted a pitching WAR of 6.2.

Fernandez made the All-Star team like many of the Rookie of the Year winners but he also finished third in Cy Young Award voting. The former Marlins pitcher spent four seasons in the MLB, and only had two full MLB seasons due to injuries. 2016 would be his final season before passing away and he performed.

2016 was a big year for Fernandez who fully recovered from his injuries in 2014 and 2015. He posted a 2.86 ERA, struck out 253 batters in 182.1 innings. Which equaled a 12.5 SO/9 rate to lead the league. He made his second All-Star team and finished seventh in Cy Young voting.

Fernandez was a shining star and fans surely miss his electric fastball, magical curveball, but most importantly his smile.