Fade2White12 wrote: Fernandez has an amazing fastball, but a this point, that's it. His other offerings are currently average at best, although the curve may develop into a plus pitch.
I would have to disagree. The scouting reports say the opposite, and note that Fernandez has and uses his other pitches. Fernandez has a curveball which is already a good pitch which he is able to control. He is willing to use to his breaking pitches and does NOT rely only on his fastball.
Here is what John Sickles said today:
http://www.minorleagueball.com/2013/3/3 ... or-leagues
He also has an excellent power curveball, will throw some sliders, and has made good strides with his changeup. His command isn't perfect, but it is solid for a young power pitcher, and he does a good job mixing his arsenal and pitching, not just throwing the ball past people.
Baseball America noted in the 2013 Handbook that "Fernandez also can overmatch hitters with a hard three-quarters breakingball... He can command it for both called strikes and swinging misses, and he'll throw it in any count. He also can use a true slider that's effective."
That does not mean he will dominant right away. In fact, I expect him to struggle some, but I expect him to him to be able to use two, three or four pitches.
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