Jose Fernandez joins Dodger camp
My worries about Dodger visa’s proved unfounded for Jose Fernandez who joined the LAD spring training camp today.
From Dodger spring training notes:
¡BIENVENIDO!: This morning, the Dodgers announced that recently signed infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez (#87) has joined the club’s big-league camp as a non-roster invitee. The 28-year-old Cuban native signed with the Dodgers as a free agent on January 11 and enters his first professional season in the United States. Fernandez last played in 2014 for Cocodrilos de Matanzas in Cuba’s Serie Nacional and played for the club for eight seasons (2007-14). He has posted a career .319/.403/.424 slashline with 37 homers and 318 RBI and ranked No. 3 on Baseball America’s April 2014 rankings of the Top 20 Cuban prospects list. Fernandez played second base for the Cuban National team and represented Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic where he hit .524 (11-for-21) with three doubles and six RBI along with a .545 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage.
This will be the first look for many of Jose Fernandez so his play should generate a lot of excitement. Hopefully, he does not follow in the footsteps of previous Cuban infielders the Dodgers signed who proved to either be lousy and temperamental or simply lousy.
I’m not sure why the Dodgers signed him having Turner for the long term and Forsythe for at least two years, but maybe he’s simply a major league utility infielder at best.