Earlier in the month, the Miami Marlins sent their top prospect down to minors and it seemed unlikely that he would be on the team's Opening Day roster.
“I’ve been expecting it the last two weeks.
I’m 20 years old. I can’t be upset. I can’t. It’s not a secret. I knew I
was going to get sent down. I was waiting for it," Hernandez said when sent down to the minors, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
“I know I’ve got to get ready for my [minor-league] season. I want to get my routine going. I knew they made the right call.”
Well, now it's time to get ready for the major-league season.
With injuries to pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez, 20-year-old prospect Jose Fernandez will begin the season on the big-league roster.
Per Spencer, Fernandez will make his big-league debut on Sunday against the Mets.
Hernandez is the No. 5 prospect on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list, No. 16 on Keith Law's Top 100 Prospects and No. 6 in Jonathan Mayo's prospect rankings for MLB.com.