Top 10 Candidates for 2016 Comeback Player of the Year

Source: Rob Foldy/Getty Images North America

Source: Rob Foldy/Getty Images North America

#2- Jose Fernandez

The stud right-handed pitcher came back last season from Tommy John surgery and did not miss a beat. He was dominant on the mound and was hitting home runs in the batters box. Fernandez is a great athlete and we have yet to see him perform for a full season. That season might come in 2016 for the Marlins.

Though the Marlins are likely to be a little timid in his usage, Fernandez should have no problem passing his career high in innings pitched. He threw 172 innings for the Marlins as a rookie in 2013. Fernandez came back in the middle of the year in 2015 and was able to go 6-1 on the season in 11 starts. He struck out 79 batters in 64 innings and looks to be back to his normal dominant self post-surgery.

The 23-year-old ace has tremendous potential and was reportedly being shopped by the Marlins this winter. The team was looking for a huge return, but never found a taker for the Cuban flame thrower. The Dodgers were supposedly on Fernandez, but would not meet the asking price of the Marlins. Rumors could still swirl around Fernandez, but the Marlin appears poised to make a run at the playoffs. Dealing Fernandez makes no sense if they want to compete.

These are the Marlins however, and things could change at the drop of a hat. No matter where Fernandez pitches, he is a great bet to have a bounce back year. He has a very nasty attitude to him while he is on the mound and that bodes well for his future. He is a true ace and will have the numbers to prove it when it is all said and done.

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