Jose Fernandez is unfair, Clint Barmes agrees

Marc Serota

He's only 20, why is he this good?

Jose Fernandez entered the season as one of the very best pitching prospects on the planet. He is all of 20 years old, and had never pitched above High-A ball before this season. Now, he's in the midst of start #22 of his first major-league campaign, and is capable of doing this despite his lack of experience and youth:


That's Clint Barmes, who acts as if he's never seen a breaking ball before when Fernandez unveils his after pumping mid-to-high-90s heat up in the zone in the two pitches prior. It ended the second inning of Thursday afternoon's contest between the Marlins and Pirates, and might end up as the individual highlight of Fernandez's outing.

No one should be that good at any one thing when they are only 20 years old. Where do you even go from there? Life is long, Jose Fernandez. Leave something to look forward to, won't you? I'm sure Clint Barmes would be okay with that.

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