Alonso senior pitcher Jose Fernandez has been named the Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year for the state of Florida, Alonso coach Landy Faedo said.
Last week, Fernandez helped guide the Ravens to their second Class 6A state title in three years. On the season, Fernandez was 13-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 93 innings. He had nine complete-game wins, including four shutouts. As Alonso's cleanup hitter, the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Fernandez hit .404 with 9 homers and 35 RBIs.
In the postseason, Fernandez was 5-0 with a 1.53 ERA and 43 K in 32 IP. He was 3-for-8 with 5 RBIs at the plate in state tournament, including game-winning two-run homer in 7-5 state semifinal win over Park Vista.
Fernandez, a USF recruit, is projected to be a first-round pick in next week's MLB first-year player draft. Baseball America recently ranked him the No. 19 overall draft prospect.
Fernandez becomes one of the 51 finalists -- representing each state and the District of Columbia -- for the national Gatorade player of the year award.
-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)