José Miguel Fernández
José Miguel Fernández Diaz
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 185 lb.
Fernández debuted in the Cuban Serie Nacional in 2007-2008, hitting .291/.343/.350 and fielding .973. In 2008-2009, he batted .319/.372/.379 and fielded .984 at 2B for Matanzas. He grounded into a league-worst 21 double plays but tied for the league lead with 85 double plays turned. In 2009-2010, José continued to improve, with a batting line of .346/.391/.469, while fielding .980. He was among the league leaders in at-bats (382, 1st), hits (132, 2nd, 2 behind Yunier Mendoza), assists (308, 8th) and double plays (104, 3rd).
Fernández faded to .279/.340/.370 offensively and .973 defensively in 2010-2011. In 2011-2012, he rebounded to .317/.444/.453 while fielding .971. He was named the league's All-Star utility man. He played for Cuba in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
In 2015, after seven seasons for Matanzas, he was suspended for trying to defect to the United States. He managed to leave Cuba in December of that year, and was out of action until suiting up in the Dominican League in 2016-17, where he hit .286 in 18 games. He then signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers for $200,000, well below the bonuses given other former Cuban stars, but was given an invitation to attend spring training in 2017.