MIAMI -

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez won the National League's Rookie of the Year award on Monday.

Fernandez, 21, was dominant for the Marlins despite playing for a 100 loss team.
Fernandez finished with a 12-6 record and an impressive 2.19 ERA.

The Cuban defector brought energy and excitement to a franchise in desperate need of a jump start.

Fernandez told Local 10 "it means a whole lot.  I don't think it only means a lot to me, it means a lot to the people that have been there the whole year and to the fans down in Miami.  I think that you know, it means a lot to us."

Fernandez finished first in the voting, fellow Cuban defector Yasiel Puig finished second.

Fernandez said, "That's really important.  You know, he's got a lot of great talent.  The other guy Miller, they all have good talent, but I mean it's just, it's good that a lot of Cuban players are coming and playing and I'm doing well in the big leagues.  That makes me proud."