Naturalization

Miami pitcher Jose Fernandez, a native of Cuba, becomes US citizen; gives keynote address

  • Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez smiles after becoming a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony Friday, April 24, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez smiles after becoming a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony Friday, April 24, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)  (The Associated Press)

  • Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, center, and immigration officials recite the "Pledge of Allegiance" as Fernandez becomes a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony Friday, April 24, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, center, and immigration officials recite the "Pledge of Allegiance" as Fernandez becomes a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony Friday, April 24, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)  (The Associated Press)

  • Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez takes the "Oath of Allegiance" as he becomes a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony Friday, April 24, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez takes the "Oath of Allegiance" as he becomes a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony Friday, April 24, 2015, in Miami. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)  (The Associated Press)

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, a native of Santa Clara, Cuba, has become a U.S. citizen.

He was the keynote speaker Friday during a ceremony for South Florida residents who were naturalized.

The 22-year-old Fernandez arrived in the U.S. in 2008, settling in Tampa, Florida. He was a 2011 first-round pick, and 14th overall by the Marlins, out of Tampa's Alonso High School.

He was the NL rookie of the year and an All-Star in 2013. He's currently on the disabled list after missing most of the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery.

Fernandez took the oath of allegiance among family and friends. The 141 new citizens sworn in represented 22 different countries.