Junior Fernández

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Junior Fernández
St. Louis Cardinals – No. 44
Born: (1997-03-02) March 2, 1997 (age 22)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 11, 2019, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Win–loss record0–1
Earned run average5.40

Junior Fabio Fernández (born March 2, 1997) is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB).


Fernández signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as an international free agent in July 2014.[1]

Fernández made his professional debut that year with the Dominican Summer League Cardinals, posting an 0-5 record and a 5.79 ERA over seven games (six starts). He spent 2015 with the Gulf Coast Cardinals, going 3-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) and also appeared in two games with the Palm Beach Cardinals, giving up one run over ​6 23 innings.[2] Fernández started 2016 with the Peoria Chiefs[3][4] and was promoted to the Palm Beach Cardinals in July. He finished the 2016 season with a combined 8-7 record and 4.06 ERA in 24 games (20 starts) between both clubs.[5]

Fernández returned to Palm Beach for the 2017 season where he was named a Florida State League All-Star,[6] posting a 5-3 record with a 3.69 ERA over 16 starts. He began 2018 back with Palm Beach and was promoted to the Springfield Cardinals during the season. He missed over two months of the season due to injury, and was placed on the disabled list twice. Over 24 relief appearances between the two teams, he went 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA.[7]

Fernández began the 2019 season with Palm Beach.[8] He was promoted to Springfield in May, and he earned another promotion to the Memphis Redbirds in June. Over 65 innings pitched between the three teams for the season, he went 3-2 with a 1.52 ERA, striking out eighty.

On August 6, 2019, the Cardinals selected Fernández's contract and promoted him to the major leagues.[9] He made his debut on August 11 versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, allowing two runs in ​23 of an inning.[10] Over 13 relief appearances with St. Louis, he pitched to a 5.40 ERA.[11]


  1. ^ "Cardinals Sign Righthander Junior Fernandez - BaseballAmerica.com". July 2, 2014. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  2. ^ Goold, Derrick. "Junior Fernandez". Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals prospect Junior Fernandez throws six shutout innings, strikes out eight for Peoria Chiefs - MiLB.com News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Game Report: Junior Fernandez - BaseballAmerica.com". May 26, 2016. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Junior Fernandez Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.tcpalm.com/story/specialty-publications/jupiter-courier/2017/06/22/cardinals-name-fsl-south-all-stars/399335001/
  7. ^ "Junior Fernandez Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  8. ^ https://www.milb.com/palm-beach/news/palm-beach-cardinals-release-2019-roster/c-305916392?tcid=tw_article_305916392
  9. ^ "Cards purchase Fernandez from Memphis, DFA Mejía, outright Mayers to Memphis". Fox Sports Midwest. August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals Box Score, August 11, 2019". Baseball-Reference.com. August 11, 2019. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
  11. ^ https://www.stltoday.com/sports/junior-fernandez-relief-pitcher/article_7b9b90ad-719d-5a08-b235-006ddb7ef63a.html

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