by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/17/2013) Thank you, Mike Redmond. Thank you for giving the most exciting 20-year-old this side of Bryce Harper a chance to matter in Fantasy.
By allowing Jose Fernandez to throw 99 pitches Thursday, as he said he eventually would, that's exactly what he did.
Don't get me wrong: Fernandez was looking like a good source of ERA and WHIP and a relatively good source of strikeouts (particularly if measured by inning) before then, but limited to just 85 pitches per start, he wasn't getting enough innings for those ratios to amount to anything.
He may still struggle to win games pitching for the Marlins, but now that you don't have to worry so much about him getting pulled before the fifth inning, he's a must-own in Fantasy.
Jose Fernandez strong in another no decision
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez saw another quality start go to waste Thursday against the Reds, thanks to the team's offensive futility.
Fernandez limited the Reds to just two runs in seven innings of work, but exited the game trailing, 2-1. He allowed just five hits and three walks in the game, and he allowed just a single run in each of the fourth and sixth innings.
Fernandez struck out five batters in the game, while throwing 65 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Fernandez's 99 pitches are the most of his career, and this was just the second time in eight starts that he has finished seven innings of work. The Marlins would go on to lose the game, 5-3, in 10 innings.
Despite having a 3.48 ERA and three quality starts in a row, Fernandez is just 2-2 on the season. He is set to take the mound next Tuesday against the Phillies.
Marlins continue to be careful with Jose Fernandez
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Marlins manager Mike Redman said he will continue to closely monitor starting pitcher Jose Fernandez's pitch counts. Fernandez, who has made seven starts, threw a season-high 86 pitches during his start Friday night against the Dodgers.
Fernandez is on a 150-170 innings limit, but Redman did not rule out the possibility of the right-hander's pitch count reaching 100.
"It depends on the situation," Redmond told MLB.com. "Maybe in his next start he is at 85 or 90, and we can leave him out there for another inning. I think he's been doing what he's doing. We're at a comfort level right now with his innings and his pitches."
Fernandez will make his next start Thursday against the Reds.
Jose Fernandez strikes out seven in win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez struck out seven batters in Friday's win over the Dodgers, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and two walks. All three runs came in the first inning via an Adrian Gonzalez home run.
Fernandez has posted back-to-back quality starts for the first time in his career. He takes a 3.65 ERA and 39:14 K:BB ratio in 37 innings into a start against the Reds at home next week.
Live with Jose Fernandez's ups and downs
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) Coming off a couple of poor outings and winless through his first five starts, Fantasy owners (including our own Scott White) were starting to wonder if Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez was worth the trouble. He answered with an emphatic 'yes' Saturday, as he earned his first win.
Six starts into his career, Fernandez is showing just about everything you want to see from a starting pitcher. Strikeouts -- 9.29 per nine innings -- check. Control -- 3.48 walks per nine -- indeed. Home run prevention -- 53.2 percent groundball rate, 0.58 home runs per nine -- yep. The ability to go deep into games -- well, that's probably not going to be there this season.
The Marlins have Fernandez on a strict pitch and inning limit, as best exemplified by the early hook Saturday after six innings and 82 pitches. That is going to be frustrating, but you probably did not grab Fernandez early in a draft, so you can live with a few imperfections.
Fernandez might not be consistent as he navigates his way through his first season, but he pitches in a huge home park and has overpowering stuff. That is worth a roster spot in many leagues, and makes him almost a must-own option in dynasty and keeper formats.
Jose Fernandez records first victory
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/4/2013) It took him six starts, but the Marlins rookie hurler Jose Fernandez finally came out on top as he struck out nine and earned his first major-league win Saturday night against the Phillies.
Fernandez (1-2) allowed a single to the second batter he faced, Freddy Galvis, before retiring 17 straight batters. The right-hander was pulled after seven strong innings. He gave up just one hit and walked one in a 2-0 victory. Fernandez, who is expected to be limited to 150-170 innings this season, threw 82 pitches, 57 for strikes. He became the first Miami pitcher to throw a one-hitter since Anibal Sanchez did it in 2011.
Fernandez has a 3.48 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 32 strikeouts through his first 31 innings in the majors. He is scheduled to start Friday on the road against the Dodgers. He has allowed 10 runs and struck out 23 over 21 innings away from Marlins Park.
Jose Fernandez not beyond dropping
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/30/2013) After a couple of rocky starts, Marlins rookie Jose Fernandez was better Monday against the Mets, but you'd hardly notice because he lasted only four innings, getting pulled after 81 pitches. He has thrown no more than 85 pitches in any of his five starts.
Early hooks are common early in the season, but by now, most pitchers are throwing their normal allotment of pitches. While nobody expected the 20-year-old Fernandez to throw 100 pitches every time out, the Marlins are coddling him to such an extreme that he'll have a hard time lasting more than five innings. And for the Marlins especially, he won't have much hope of winning games that way.
I still think Fernandez will be good, but to make up for his lack of victories, he'll need to be Cy Young-caliber to factor in standard mixed leagues. If I was dying to add a player off the waiver wire in those formats, I wouldn't be opposed to dropping him.
Mets chase Jose Fernandez early
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Marlins starter Jose Fernandez did not last long in his outing against the Mets on Monday night. He lasted just four innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three walks.
The 20-year-old made it through the first three frames unscathed before surrendering a two-run homer to John Buck in the fourth. He was done after throwing 81 pitches, 45 for strikes, and left in line for the loss but his teammates were able to battle back to tie the game.
Fernandez also struck out four in a no-decision.
His next start is scheduled for Saturday against the Phillies. When Fernandez faced Philadelphia on April 13, he worked six scoreless innings.
Jose Fernandez gets tips to improve
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Heading into his fifth career major-league start Monday against the Mets, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is hoping he's corrected some of his mechanical issues that have resulted in a two-game losing streak. Chief among those concerns: tipping pitches from the way he held the ball in his glove before starting his delivery, which allowed his last two opponents to attack early in the count.
After permitting just five hits and one run in his first two starts, the young right-hander has been tagged for 12 hits and nine runs while not exceeding five innings in his last two outings.
"Hopefully, that part of it has been cleaned up," manager Mike Redmond told The Miami Herald. "Those are things we're always looking for. He was holding a fastball here, a changeup was out here and the curveball was up here. There was like three different spots. The good thing is we caught it."
Jose Fernandez needs to rely on fastball
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez heads into Monday's start against the Mets looking to end a two-start losing streak. It's been a rapid decline for Fernandez, who has seen his ERA surge from 0.82 to 4.50 during his losing streak.
Fernandez commands a four-pitch arsenal, but manager Mike Redmond said sometimes his willingness to use his breaking pitches gets him into trouble. Redmond would like Fernandez to use his fastball more the first time through the lineup before mixing in his breaking stuff the next time through the lineup.
"Sometimes, when you throw a lot of breaking balls, you have a tendency to elevate your pitch count," Redmond said, per The Miami Herald. "Those are all things he’s going to learn."
Fernandez has been pulled after throwing 79 pitches in his last two starts. His strand rate in his losses has been a disappointing 55.1 percent, per FanGraphs.com. In his last start at Minnesota, Fernandez threw his fastball a season-low 57 percent of the time.
Jose Fernandez on thin ice
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/23/2013) One bad start is easy to dismiss as a fluke. Two in a row for a pitcher who already has obvious drawbacks (early hooks, lack of run support) is reason to consider dropping the Marlins' Jose Fernandez.
For the record, I'm not ready to do it just yet, especially since he's in line to make two starts next week. Hey, I'm all for anything that allows me to put off the decision, knowing how much upside he has.
But I'm also aware of the plight of shallower-league owners, who have to come up with someone to drop before they can sink their teeth into that overloaded waiver wire. And if you can't count on Fernandez to pitch a strong five or six innings every time out, then those other drawbacks probably make him not so worth the trouble.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Marlins rookie starting pitcher Jose Fernandez dropped a second-straight start in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Twins. Fernandez (0-2) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in five innings of a 4-3 loss.
Fernandez was down 1-0 after the first inning, but he shut out the Twins the next two innings before rookie outfielder Oswaldo Arcia's three-run homer in the fourth. Arcia's first career home run proved to be the difference. Fernandez struck out two as his ERA went from 3.60 to 4.50.
After allowing an earned run through his first two starts (11 innings), Fernandez has given up nine earned runs in his last two starts (nine innings).
The Marlins haven't announced Fernandez's next start, but it will likely come Monday against the Mets. Fernandez made his MLB debut April 7 against New York, allowing a run in five innings and striking out eight.
Marlins flip starters for twinbill
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Just hours before the start of Tuesday's first game, the Marlins decided to flip their pitching order for a doubleheader at Minnesota. Jose Fernandez will make his fourth career start in Game 1, while Ricky Nolasco takes the hill for the second game of the twinbill.
The Twins kept their starters intact with Kevin Correia starting the first game followed by Mike Pelfrey.
Jose Fernandez not quite as sharp
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez scuffled for the first time in his career Thursday, in an 11-1 loss to the Reds.
Fernandez, who has allowed just one run in his first two starts, was tagged for five runs in four innings of work, four of which came in his fourth and final inning of work. Fernandez allowed four hits and a walk in the fourth inning, leading to four runs. He finished with five runs on six hits and three walks, with just 46 of 79 pitches going for strikes. Fernandez did strike out four batters.
Fernandez is now 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA through the first three starts of his career. He has 17 strikeouts and six walks in 15 innings, and has yet to allow a home run, thanks to a healthy groundball rate. Fernandez is scheduled to make his next start in Minnesota Tuesday.
Jose Fernandez makes history through two starts
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez enters his third major-league start Thursday against the Reds part of a pretty exclusive club, reports The Palm Beach Post. Since 1921, Fernandez is one of four pitchers to allow no more than five hits and one run, while striking out 13 batters in their first two career starts, according to STATS Inc.
Fernandez joins Sandy Koufax (1955), Juan Marichal (1960) and Kaz Ishii (2002).
Fish let Jose Fernandez down again
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez was terrific again in his second start Saturday, and yet again his team's inability to score or hold a late lead let him down.
Fernandez dominated the Phillies over six shutout innings, limiting them to just two hits and two walks. He struck out five batters and allowed a runner to reach second base just twice in the game, while racking up nine groundball outs. Of his 85 pitches, 53 went for strikes.
In addition to silencing the Phillies' bats, he had to provide the offense for the scuffling Marlins, driving in the first run of his career with a single in the fifth inning. He ultimately left the game with a 1-0 lead, which the bullpen promptly blew. Miami won, 2-1, on a walkoff infield single, leaving Fernandez with his second no decision in two starts.
Fernandez has allowed just one run in 11 innings of work, with 13 strikeouts, three walks and five hits allowed. Fernandez is scheduled to make his next start Thursday in Cincinnati. The Reds average 5.3 runs per game.
Still hesitant about Jose Fernandez?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez was as good as advertised Sunday in his MLB debut, striking out eight in five innings.
Although I've been touting Fernandez since it was announced he would open the year in the team's rotation, I can't really blame Fantasy owners if you remain hesitant about the 20-year-old right-hander. This was his first start, so there wasn't a lot of film for the Mets to study. Fernandez will surely have struggles along the way, but there's no doubt he can be a serviceable Fantasy option. His stuff is just that good.
My only concern from Sunday's start is that Fernandez was pulled after 80 pitches. This is something Fantasy owners will have to get used to. Although the Marlins are ready to turn Fernandez loose on major-league hitters, they aren't going to run him into the ground in what's expected to be a lost year. Fernandez will surely be on an innings limit, but it seems he could also be on strict pitch counts as well, which will cut into his Fantasy appeal.
Jose Fernandez dazzles in MLB debut
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Despite not playing in a game above Class A in his brief pro career, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez showed he can compete against a major-league lineup. Fernandez -- the youngest player on an MLB roster at 20 years old and Miami's top prospect -- retired the first 10 batters he faced in his big-league debut Sunday. Fernandez got a no-decision, and the Mets won 4-3.
Throwing a fastball that overwhelmed hitters while repeatedly reaching the mid-90s with ease, Fernandez struck out the side in the second inning on 15 pitches. Overall, he finished with eight strikeouts over five innings to establish the franchise record for most strikeouts by a rookie in his debut.
The right-hander was charged with his only run in the fifth when he yielded two of the three total hits he allowed in the game. He exited after the inning after throwing 80 total pitches, including 53 for strikes, and issuing a walk.
Fernandez will make his first start at home Saturday against Philadelphia.
Jose Fernandez dialing long distance?
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) While the Marlins prepare to assess how pitcher Jose Fernandez handles the jump to the majors during his debut Sunday against the Mets, one of the largest uncertainties surrounding the 20-year-old will be his innings limit. Miami has stated it would cap the promising right-hander at 170 innings, but that could shift depending on performance.
If Fernandez were to reach that total, it would be a rare feat for a young pitcher. According to The Miami Herald, only three pitchers since 1970 have advanced from Class A to the majors and pitched at least 100 innings as rookies (Dwight Gooden, Jeremy Bonderman and Rick Porcello).
Future is now for Marlins, Jose Fernandez
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/6/2013) At 20 years and 250 days, Marlins prospect Jose Fernandez will become the youngest pitcher in team history when he steps onto the mound for his debut Sunday against the Mets.
In fact, Fernandez, who has never pitched above Class A, was the youngest pitcher on a big-league roster on opening day.
"Will he be nervous? Absolutely," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Saturday.
Redmond said the team's pitching staff hasn't loaded Fernandez with too much information on the Mets' hitters, but the former catcher offered a key note to the phenom.
"Get through the first inning," he said. "You don't have to be Superman."
Jose Fernandez remains the hottest unproven commodity
by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013) It would seem Fantasy owners are buying into the hype surrounding Miami’s 20-year-old call up Jose Fernandez, as the Marlins pitcher went from being owned in 16 percent of leagues this week to 61 percent next week.
One person who shares these lofty expectations for Fernandez, who will see his first MLB action Sunday against the Mets, is our Scott White.
He says the young pitchers’ upside is worth the early-season risk, citing his sterling 14-1 record and 1.75 ERA in the minors. He knows the naysayers will point out that without Double- or Triple-A experience, Fernandez is doomed to have a rough transition, but the same doubters probably passed on Justin Verlander in 2006, when he went on to win AL Rookie of the Year. If you have some fallback options, Scott says the timing is right to take a gamble on Fernandez’s talent.
Week one presenting tough decisions for Fantasy owners
While Bradley might have gotten his first major-league hit Wednesday night, the latter two have yet to make their major-league debut. So do you give these guys a chance to prove themselves, or do you strike while the iron is hot and scoop up a more proven player?
It’s usually best to find a middle ground between your gut feeling and conventional wisdom. As Scott White advises: Don’t be shy on the waiver wire this time of year but don’t go crazy either. Fantasy owners will get their first look at Maurer Thursday in his MLB debut against Oakland, and Fernandez is set to debut Sunday against the Mets. Both are in the top three most added players even without any MLB experience.
Jose Fernandez impresses in simulated game
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/3/2013) Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is scheduled to make his major-league debut Sunday, and he impressed Marlins manager Mike Redmond, catcher Miguel Olivo and former player Tino Martinez with a 50-pitch simulated game Wednesday.
"I was surprised," Olivo told the Miami Herald. "It's amazing. When you see a young kid like that, 20 years old, and he has the control that he has, and the look on the mound like he's been in the league for five years. It was amazing."
Fernandez was named a top-10 prospect by Baseball America and MLB.com during the offseason.
Jose Fernandez a 'cold-blooded pitcher'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/2/2013) If there is one person not shocked Jose Fernandez will become the youngest player in Marlins' history to start a game when he takes the hill Sunday at N.Y. Mets, it would be Fernandez's personal pitching coach, Orlando Chinea.
"Technically, he's ready to pitch in the big leagues right now," Chinea said, per the Sun-Sentinel. "We worked on the psychological part of the game, not letting his emotions get away from him, never reacting. The whole time thought and analysis, thought and analysis. He's a cold-blooded pitcher because I educated him not to react, but to think."
Chinea worked in Cuba with major-league pitchers Rolando Arrojo, Jose Contreras, Orlando Hernandez and Livan Hernandez before coming to the U.S. He has been working with Fernandez since he was a teenager.
One activity Chinea feels will benefit Fernandez in the long run is his ability to throw a two-pound baseball 120 feet.
"He doesn't have a history of injury because the arc of his arm is perfect," Chinea said. "His mechanics are perfect. He uses his whole body and his strength is all natural…He's ready to throw 120 pitches every time out. Because of his age I don't think he should do that... He's a pitcher with so much power that it could hurt him. He had a tremendous foundation and a unique training base."
Who's worth dropping for Jose Fernandez?
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/1/2013)Jose Fernandez's addition to the Marlins' rotation has caused a stir on the waiver wire, as the 20-year-old is currently the most added player in CBSSports.com leagues. As one of the most highly-regarded prospects in the game, it's not shocking that owners would flock to Fernandez in an effort to give a jolt to their Fantasy rotations.
I would want to add Fernandez to a team in a 15-team mixed league or to an NL-only roster, but I didn't see fit to add him to any of my 12-team mixed league teams. If Fernandez makes a smooth transition to the majors, it would be pretty silly to refuse to drop a back-of-the-rotation Fantasy starter to add him. The fact that I'm unwilling to part with the likes of Vance Worley or Matt Harrison to pick up Fernandez reveals my skepticism that he can successfully make the jump from Advanced Class A to the majors.
If Trevor Bauer and Drew Pomeranz can fail to impress in their initial major league stints, why expect that Fernandez will be able to jumpstart your rotation this April? I'm all for dropping replacement-level pitchers for high upside, but my gut says that Fernandez is being rushed, and I'm better off with a proven commodity. Unless I have someone in the Gavin Floyd/Edwin Jackson tier of starting pitchers on my roster, I'm staying away from Fernandez outside of deeper leagues.
by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) When the Marlins announced that top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez would be promoted to the majors, the result was a 30 percent increase in ownership -- making him the most added player so far. Fernandez went from being owned in 12 percent of leagues to 42 almost overnight.
Also shooting up the most added list are Mariners starting pitcher Brandon Maurer, who will make his MLB debut Thursday, and Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., whose stellar spring landed him in Boston’s opening day lineup batting eighth. Just behind them are Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and Cardinals relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs, rounding out the top five.
Marlins pack faith in Jose Fernandez
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) The Marlins' stirring move to promote top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez from Class A to the majors is certainly not unprecedented.
With Miami needing to fill two rotation spots on the eve of opening day, several members of the organization expressed their belief the young right-hander is up for the challenge.
"We understand the asset we have have, the value of him, his age (20), and we’re going to do whatever we can do to do things in his best interests," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest told the Palm Beach Post. "We think he is ready to do it. He just demonstrated everything from maturity, to physical strength to the quality of the pitches that he can do it."
Fernandez, who is slated to make his MLB debut next Sunday at the Mets, is expected to have an innings limit during each of his starts, as well as a cap of 150-170 innings for the entire season regardless of his location.
Bolt to waivers to add Jose Fernandez
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) The Marlins shocked the baseball world Sunday morning by announcing top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez, who has just 27 minor-league starts under his belt and has never pitched above Class A, has been promoted from the minors. The Marlins needed starters after placing Henderson Alvarez and Nate Eovaldi on the disabled list with shoulder injuries.
Fernandez, who is considered a top 10 prospect by Baseball America (No. 5) and MLB.com (No. 7), might not have a ton of pro experience, but he becomes a potential add off waivers in any Fantasy format because of his upside. On top of having a solid ERA (2.02), WHIP (0.96) and winning percentage (.875) in the minors, Fernandez also struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings.
Although Fernandez is just 20 years old, he's shown great command for his pitches and poise on the mound for a pitcher of his age. He's likely going to get a decent audition while Alvarez and Eovaldi are sidelined, so I think he's worth rostering in most Fantasy formats. To me, there's more to gain than lose for Fantasy owners because you should only be dropping a bench player to pick up a potential Fantasy impact rookie. Perhaps Fernandez has the talent to do -- although they are position players -- what Mike Trout and Bryce Harper did for Fantasy owners last season.
Jose Fernandez called upon quickly
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) After placing two pitchers -- Henderson Alvarez and Nate Eovaldi -- from their starting rotation on the disabled list Sunday, the Marlins were left scrambling to find replacements to open the season. One of those fill-ins will be highly touted prospect Jose Fernandez, who had his contract purchased from Class A Jupiter.
The promotion of Fernandez, considered the seventh-best overall prospect in the minors by MLB.com, was viewed as a stunning move as the right-hander has not pitched above Class A in his career. He is scheduled to make his major-league debut next Sunday at the Mets.
Miami president of baseball operations Joe Beinfest said the team will limit Fernandez to 150-170 innings this season, adding he expects the 20-year-old to collect them all in the majors. "It just seems like he's ready to do this," Beinfest told reporters. "This is where he should be."
Fernandez posted a 14-1 record and 1.75 ERA over 25 total starts in the minors last year while amassing a staggering 158 strikeouts in 134 innings.
Fernandez reassigned to minors
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/13/2013) The Marlins announced Wednesday they reassigned pitcher Jose Fernandez and outfielder Jake Marisnick to minor-league camp. Reliever Chris Hatcher was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.
Fernandez confident in new pitch
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/12/2013)The Palm Beach Post reports Marlins pitching prospect Jose Fernandez said he spent the offseason working on adding another pitch to his repertoire, which already featured a fastball, curveball and slider. Last year, I didnt throw a changeup much, but this year I worked on it in the offseason big time. Its one of my best pitches, he said. I have it and nobody has seen it before, so its nice. Its a good feeling. I have new pitch. I can control it and I can do whatever I want with it.
Marlins won't rush Fernandez
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/4/2013) MLB.com has ranked pitcher Jose Fernandez and outfielder Christian Yelich as the Marlins' top two prospects. "These guys not only have ability, but they've got the best mental aspect of the game that I've ever seen," Marlins vice president of player development Marty Scott said. "These two kids are just a joy to be around. They're fun to be around. They love the game of baseball, yet they're respectful to the game. On top of that, they've got a lot of talent." However, Scott said it's a "very long shot" any of their prized prospects will make the opening day roster. "If there's a need in July or August and they're performing well and we're all on the same page that they can contribute, they might get called up," Scott said. "I think spring training's going to be a lot of fun. But just because Yelich goes 4-for-4 in a spring training game, I don't want to evaluate and say that he's ready now. You've got to take your time, not rush, don't put undue pressure on these kids. Just let them have fun, enjoy the experience and go from there."