Teams Play Best-of-Three Series This Weekend at West Point
MISCELLANEOUS: Hard-throwing right-hander ... highly regarded hurler with tremendous amount of natural ability ... hails from baseball hotbed of south Florida ... blessed with high-end stuff ... features blazing fastball, snapping slider and effective changeup ... has touched 93 miles-per-hour on radar gun ... fastball owns sizzling late life ... works to both sides of plate ... not afraid to pitch inside ... possesses outstanding athleticism ... harbors strong will to succeed ... must improve command to increase efficiency ... emerged as formidable bullpen force as a sophomore ... served as valued bridge to All-American closer Kevin McKague ... missed his entire junior season recovering from an injury ... expected to return to prominent role this year ... two-year letterman.
MILESTONES: Named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll following sophomore season.
2011: Did not pitch as a junior ... missed the entire season while rehabilitating an injury.
2010: Tied for fourth among team leaders with 11 appearances ... used exclusively in relief ... posted impressive numbers as mainstay out of Army bullpen ... went 3-1 with two saves ... registered impressive 3.92 earned run average ... numbers even more impressive when discounting subpar effort in final performance of season ... allowed six hits and five runs in 3.1-inning stint ... carried stingy 2.08 earned run average into that contest ... utilized in high-leverage situations throughout season ... permitted 21 base hits in 20.2 innings of work ... struck out 13 and walked six ... equally impressive in Patriot League play ... authored 2-1 record with two saves and 2.40 ERA in eight conference showings ... allowed 15 base hits in 15 innings of Patriot League action ... unscored upon in 7 of 11 outings overall ... picked up first win of season with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief opposite Iona ... notched first career save with 2.1 innings of hitless relief opposite Lehigh ... struck out one and walked one in that dominating performance ... fired three shutout innings to earn win during 3-2 victory over Bucknell in regular-season finale ... struck out one and walked one ... also posted scoreless outings against Seton Hall, Navy and Lehigh ... earned additional victories versus Lafayette and Bucknell ... shutout frame against Bison led to second save of season and helped Army clinch its fifth regular season Patriot League championship in seven years ... one of nine Army players named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll at year's end.
2009: Saw action in 11 contests, all in relief ... began season as Black Knights' closer ... settled into setup role majority of campaign ... posted 0-1 record with 8.56 earned run average ... allowed 17 base hits in 13.2 innings of work ... struck out 12 and walked eight ... received mound work in pair of Patriot League contests ... unscored upon in six of 11 outings ... helped Army register come-from-behind victory versus nationally ranked Illinois by firing two shutout innings opposite Illini ... posted other scoreless performances out of bullpen against George Mason, Illinois, Long Island, Columbia, Marist and Lehigh ... also logged mound time against Ohio, Miami (Ohio), Bucknell, Manhattan and NJIT.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Ernie Padron at Florida Christian School ... standout relief pitcher ... used exclusively as squad's dominant closer ... two-year letterman.
PERSONAL: Given name is Joaquin Manuel Fernandez ... born Oct. 21, 1990, in Homestead, Fla. ... parents' names are Tracey and Joaquin Fernandez ... enjoys playing video games in spare time ... majoring in Mechanical Engineering.