NEW YORK -- As far as All-Star debuts go, there aren't many pitchers in the history of the game who put on the type of show Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez did Tuesday night at Citi Field.
In fact, only two others did -- Dwight Gooden and Bob Feller.
That's the company the 20-year old Cuban defector joined in the sixth inning when he sandwiched strike outs of former MVP Dustin Pedroia and current major league home run leader Chris Davis between getting Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera to pop out to first.
Gooden and Feller, two of the top 50 strikeout kings in the history of the game, are the only other players to manage to do that before their 21st birthday.
Dangerous group of hitters there. I felt like I was going to throw 110. #ASG— jose fernandez (@josefernandez77) July 17, 2013
Fernandez, who wore bright orange shoes with his Twitter handle on them, didn't hit 110 on the radar gun. But he came close.
On baseball's big stage just a few months after he was surprised to make the jump from Single A to the big league team on Opening Day, he hit 98 miles per hour three times on the radar gun against Cabrera, a former Marlin.
Fernadez's strikeouts came on a 96-mile per hour two-seamer at the knees against Pedroia and then a nasty curveball against Davis, who slugged 37 homers in the first half of the season.
In all, only five pitchers have made an All-Star appearance before their 21st birthday. Fernando Valenzuela and Jerry Walker are the others besides Gooden, Feller and now Fernandez.
"It's an honor to be mentioned with those guys," Fernandez said.