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House of Shlain: Reviewing the Elite

Nick Shlain

Nick Shlain

Nick analyzes prospects for RotoWire and focuses on the Midwest League during the season.

The minor league playoffs are over, the World Series isn't too far away, and the Arizona Fall League is already in full swing, so what better time than now to look back at a few of my top-20 prospects from February and see who wore it well?

The Graduating Class

Jose Fernandez (Preseason ranking: 15)

I'll be honest, my first idea for this column was to just write the entire piece about Fernandez, but that wouldn't be quite as much fun. Fernandez, 21, came right from High-A to make 28 starts for the Marlins with a 2.19 ERA (second only to Clayton Kershaw) and 2.73 FIP (sixth in all of baseball). He took a backseat to no one in the second half as he led baseball with a 1.32 ERA in 10 starts. Fernandez had the most exciting debut by a starting pitcher since King Felix in 2005 and has put himself on the radar as one of the first 10 pitchers off the board in drafts next year.

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