Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was named the National Leagues Rookie of the Month on Monday.
Fernandez, 21, started five games in July, compiling a 3-1 record and a 2.06 ERA. He pitched 35 innings and allowed only eight runs, while posting a 4-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
In the middle of the month, the Cuban phenom splashed onto the national scene as Miamis lone representative in the All-Star Game. Then 20 years old, Fernandez struck out two batters in his one inning of work, joining Dwight Gooden and Bob Feller as the only players to accomplish such a feat before their 21st birthday.
For the season, Fernandez is 8-5 with a 2.54 ERA in 21 starts.
The Marlins are expected to shut him down before the seasons end by keeping the rookie on a 150- to 170-inning limit.