Jose Fernandez, the No. 14 overall pick by the Marlins in June’s MLB first-player draft, combined with two other pitchers for a no-hitter Tuesday night for the Class A Greensboro (N.C.) Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League. Fernandez (2-0) pitched the first six innings, walking two and striking out eight to bring his season ERA down to 1.57.
Last season, Fernandez helped guide Alonso to its second Class 6A state title in three years. The Ranvens ace was 13-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 93 innings. He had nine complete-game wins, including four shutouts. And as Alonso's cleanup hitter, Fernandez hit .404 with 9 homers and 35 RBIs.
His $2 million signing bonus also set a record as the largest given out to a Hillsborough County draftee, surpassing the $1.7 million received by former Tampa Catholic standout and current Twins outfielder Denard Span in 2002 and former Jesuit ace Geoff Goetz, the sixth overall pick in 1997 by the Mets.