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Florida Marlins Sign First Rounder Jose Fernandez

In perhaps the first in a flurry of moves tonight for first round draft picks, the Florida Marlins have signed the 14th overall pick right-handed pitcher Jose Fernandez, according to Jim Callis. Fernandez will receive a $2 million bonus. Fernandez is a high-school player from Alonso High in Tampa, Florida.

According to Tampa Bay Online, he is originally from Cuba, but defected to the United States in 2008 by boat. However, the U.S. Coast Guard found the boat and sent him back to Cuba. Back in Cuba, he was forced to live in an outdoor prison and was called a traitor. However, he finally did make it to the states and into Texas.

Fernandez is 6'3" and and 215 pounds, already very well built for a 19-year old high school pitcher and can apparently throw a 98 mile-per-hour fastball to go with a curveball, slider and changeup. In his final year at Alonso, he had a K/9 of nearly 13.