8/25/2013 8:40 P.M. ET
Fernandez gaining attention during rookie campaign
By Christina De Nicola / Special to MLB.com
MIAMI -- Publicity can be hard to come by for a team 30 games below .500, but every time Marlins rookie right-hander Jose Fernandez takes the mound, his start becomes an event and sports talk topic.
Earlier in the week, his matchup against fellow rookie and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig earned one of baseball's top billings. More than 27,000 fans attended Monday's game at Marlins Park as Fernandez earned his ninth victory, besting the game's hottest team.
"I think it's great," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He's kind of helped give the Marlins an identity again. I think when you talk about the Miami Marlins, you talk about Jose Fernandez and our pitching staff, and that's great."
After delivering seven scoreless innings against the Rockies on Saturday, the rookie's record stands at 10-5 with a 2.30 ERA.
Redmond remembers another rookie sensation that brought hype and energy to a Marlins team: left-hander Dontrelle Willis, who won the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2003.
Though Willis was called up during the season, the two share key similarities.
"You have a young kid coming to the big leagues, energizes a team," Redmond said. "[Fernandez] has. He's excited the fan base here and I know how much he means to our ballclub, and it's a great thing because he's a great teammate, too."
Dynamic Ramos a dependable weapon in bullpen
MIAMI -- Marlins right-hander A.J. Ramos always wanted to be a starter or late-inning pitcher growing up.
"I always worked on my stuff so I could be that, and I love the pressure of pitching a game where it's all on my shoulders," Ramos said. "I'm a guy pitching on adrenaline. It's easier [for my stuff] to come out in those situations."
In his perfect eighth inning during Saturday night's 3-0 victory, Ramos needed just nine pitches to sit down the Rockies. Compare that to his outing on Thursday, when it took 28 pitches -- 13 strikes -- for him to dispose of the Dodgers in a scoreless seventh. Ramos walked three batters and struck out another two.
Manager Mike Redmond hasn't shied away from using the righty in a variety of spots, including the sixth, ninth and even 12th inning. Ramos, who said he is locked in from the fourth inning, has the ability to shut down opponents with his swing-and-miss stuff.
Entering Sunday's game, the 26-year-old has tallied 71 strikeouts in 54 appearances, the second-highest total among Major League rookie relievers behind the Cardinals' Trevor Rosenthal (86).
"I like his stuff," Redmond said. "I think he's a guy who's proven he can pitch really in any situation. We've used him in a lot of different roles. We've used him early. We've used him late, multiple innings. Ahead, close games. He's proven that he can pitch, and he's got the demeanor and ability to handle any situation. I would have no problem throwing him in the eighth inning or any situation."
Marlins weighing options for September callups
MIAMI -- With rosters expanding to a maximum of 40 players in a week, the Marlins continue to mull their options in the Minor Leagues.
"We're still working on that," manager Mike Redmond said. "We've talked about the guys we're going to bring up and trying to finalize the list of guys. We'll be bringing up probably at least a couple of guys that can start. Obviously Jose [Fernandez's] not going to pitch the whole months so we'll need at least one more starter there."
Fernandez is scheduled to reach his innings limit in early September.
Some possible names include right-hander Sam Dyson and left-hander Brad Hand, both of whom are already on the 40-man roster. Left-hander Brian Flynn is another possibility.
Dyson, 25, has spent time in three different Minor League levels this year, compiling a 4-10 record and 2.42 ERA in 21 starts (20 games). He was claimed off waivers in late January. Dyson made his Major League debut with the Blue Jays on July 5, 2012, for a brief two-game stint.
Hand, 23, went 1-8 with a 4.20 ERA in 12 starts in 2011. Since then, he has made just two spot appearances over the past two years. He is 3-5 with a 3.63 ERA at Triple-A New Orleans.
Flynn, 23, is 6-10 with a 2.86 ERA over 22 starts for the Zephyrs. The 6-7, 240-pounder was an 18th-round selection by the Red Sox in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Wade LeBlanc was the only southpaw starter for the Marlins this year, making seven starts earlier in the season.
"As we get in the next few days, we'll finalize that list and put that together," Redmond said.
• Placido Polanco, on the seven-day concussion list since Aug. 16 after getting hit in the helmet by a ball, will rejoin the team on Tuesday as it begin its nine-game road trip. Infielder Gil Velasquez was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans following Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Rockies.
• Rockies first-base coach Rene Lachemann was the Marlins' first manager in 1993.
• Sunday's game was designated Miami Children's Museum Charity Partner Day after Miami Children's Museum (MCM) was selected as an official charity partner of the Miami Marlins, one of four non-profit organizations to receive this recognition.
The Marlins' $25,000 gift will support Sensory Saturday, a monthly inclusive and accessibility program that allows children with special needs and their families to explore MCM and its exhibits in a sensory modified and supportive environment.
MCM also created a "Going to the Ballpark" social story for Marlins Park to help children, specifically with autism and special needs, familiarize themselves with aspects of a baseball game.
Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.