4 . Jose Fernandez comes back from Tommy John surgery stronger than ever.
One of the saddest moments of the 2014 season was seeing the 22-year-old Fernandez face Tommy John surgery, just months after winning the 2013 Rookie of the Year honors. For some, Tommy John surgery could be dangerous, possibly career altering, if not career ending. However, Fernandez is young, and if the Marlins give him as much time as needed, Fernandez could be back as good as ever. The biggest concern for Tommy John patients is rushing the healing process, which doesn’t appear to be the case with the Marlins.
Whenever Fernandez returns, he’ll give a boost to a rotation that could very well be the Achilles heel for this Marlins club. While the 1-2 of Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos should be effective, the 3-4-5 of Tom Koehler, Dan Haren, and Jarred Cosart is a huge question mark. If the Marlins are to seriously contend this year, they’ll need Fernandez to be strong.