Alonso senior right-handed pitcher/designated hitter Jose Fernandez has orally committed to play college baseball at USF, Alonso coach Landy Faedo said Monday.
Fernandez, a Times All-Suncoast first-team selection last spring, will be one of the bay area's top draft prospects this year.
Faedo said that Fernandez was also being recruited by the University of Miami.
As a junior, Fernandez was 10-1 with a 0.87 ERA, striking out 101 batters in 72 1/3 innings for a Ravens team that advanced to the Class 6A state tournament for the second straight season. He held opponents to a .141 batting average and threw six complete games, including one shutout.
At the plate, Fernandez hit .408 with five homers and 29 RBIs for the Ravens.
Over the summer, Fernandez played in the AFLAC All-American Game (below) in San Diego. His fastball reached 97 miles per hour at a recent showcase in Jupiter.
Fernandez had a breakout campaign during his sophomore season. He was the winning pitcher in Alonso's Class 6A state title win over Miami Columbus, retiring 18 in a row. On the season, he was 7-1 with a 2.98 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings.
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