Junior Fernandez
23-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals AAA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Junior Fernandez in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a contract with the Cardinals in July of 2014 that includes a $400,000 signing bonus.
Optioned to Triple-A
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
March 26, 2020
Fernandez was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
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Fernandez made his big-league debut in 2020, posting a 5.40 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 16:6 K:BB across 11.2 innings. While Fernandez held his own across six appearances before camp was postponed, the righty will begin the season back at Triple-A, where he owns a 1.48 ERA across 24.1 innings.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Junior Fernandez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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121+
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Junior Fernandez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-57%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-57%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .100 17 4 5 1 0 0 0
Since 2017vs Right .235 37 12 1 8 0 0 2
2019vs Left .100 17 4 5 1 0 0 0
2019vs Right .235 37 12 1 8 0 0 2
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2018
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2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.26 1.26 6.1 0 0 0 15.6 5.7 1.4
Since 2017Away 6.75 1.31 5.1 0 1 0 8.4 3.4 1.7
2019Home 4.26 1.26 6.1 0 0 0 15.6 5.7 1.4
2019Away 6.75 1.31 5.1 0 1 0 8.4 3.4 1.7
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Junior Fernandez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.67
 
K/9
12.3
 
BB/9
4.6
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
96.8 mph
 
ERA
5.40
 
WHIP
1.29
 
BABIP
.293
 
GB/FB
3.75
 
Left On Base
65.6%
 
Exit Velocity
90.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.1%
 
Spin Rate
2067 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
42.9%
 
Swinging Strike
19.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Fernandez is yet another high-upside arm in the St. Louis system, though he still needs time to refine his command. The 19-year-old righty from the Dominican Republic saw a dip in his strikeout rate in 2016, as well as a rise in free passes issued. Fernandez started the year at Low-A, where he posted a respectable 3.33 ERA in 78.1 innings. He notched a 63:34 K:BB over that span, limiting the damage from the high walk total. The additional baserunners caught up with Fernandez after a promotion to High-A, though, as he posted a bloated 5.36 ERA and subpar 25:20 K:BB in 43.2 innings. Fernandez does not have a huge frame but possesses a blazing fastball with movement. However, it appears he needs to hone his craft a bit more on the mound, including working on his secondary pitches. A return to High-A to begin the 2017 campaign is almost certainly in the cards (no pun intended).
Fernandez is still forever away from The Show, but his 2015 season should go a long way toward putting him on the radar of dynasty league owners. He has a lively arm that can hit the upper-90s, but there is a greater than 50 percent chance the 6-foot-1 Dominican ends up in the bullpen long term. After posting a 2.21 FIP, 1.35 WHIP, and 58 strikeouts in 51 innings in the Gulf Coast League, the Cardinals rewarded Fernandez with a brief stint at High-A Palm Beach to end the season. Fernandez had just 17 walks in 57.2 innings last year, but he gave up 62 hits, so his command seems to lag behind his control at this point. He will turn 19 in spring training, and assuming the Cardinals still plan on trying to develop him as a starter, he will likely head to Low-A Peoria to start the year, where his progress should be monitored by those in deeper dynasty leagues.
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Takes first loss
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
September 26, 2019
Fernandez (0-1) took the loss against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, allowing four earned runs on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch across one-third of an inning.
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Recalled to majors
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
September 1, 2019
Fernandez was recalled by the Cardinals on Sunday.
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Back to Triple-A
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
August 22, 2019
Fernandez was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
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Earns promotion to majors
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
August 6, 2019
Fernandez had his contract selected from Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.
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Back at Double-A
PSt. Louis Cardinals  AAA
May 1, 2019
Fernandez was promoted from High-A Palm Beach to Double-A Springfield on Wednesday.
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