From now until the end of the season, we'll be giving you an updated report on prospects who appeared on Keith Law's preseason top 100 or midseason top 50 prospect rankings. Today we're taking a "second look" at Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins and Jameson Taillon of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Level: High Class A Jupiter
Law's midseason ranking: 42
Fernandez was a first-round pick (14th overall) in the 2011 draft as a power arm from a Tampa high school with a powerful personal story as a Cuban defector. This has been a breakout season for him, and he has announced himself as one of the top pitching prospects in the game by carving up Sally League (low Class A) hitters. He earned a promotion to the Florida State League (high Class A) and had a dazzling showing at the Futures Game. I recently scouted Fernandez in his third FSL start in front of a boisterous cheering section in Tampa versus the Yankees affiliate (a team we'll cover later this week).