Blue Jeans Posted November 10, 2006 Share Posted November 10, 2006 Fernando Martinez Signed by the Mets for a $1.4 Million signing bonus out of the Dominican Republic as a 16 year old in December of 2004, Fernando Martinez came to the U.S. with huge expectations and pressure placed on him. Martinez, a future franchise outfielder, who just turned 18 this month, had a nice, if not spectacular season this past year between Low-A Hagerstown and High-A St. Lucie. As young a player as there was in either the South Atlantic or Florida State League, Martinez combined to hit .279 with 10 homeruns and 39 rbi's in 76 games in a season that was slowed by a thumb injury at the midway point. Martinez dominated the Sally League batting .333 over 45 games at Hagerstown. Things got tougher in the Florida State League as his average dipped to .193 in 30 games, however he was able to equal the home run total he had at Hagerstown in 15 less games. Look for Martinez, who will play all of 2007 as an 18 year old, to begin and most likely play the entire season at St. Lucie. Also expect Martinez, who is currently batting under .200 in the Arizona Fall League, to make some spring training appearances with the Mets this March. Without a doubt, Martinez could easily be one of the Top 10 prospects in baseball this time next year. Fernando Martinez, OF: You can imagine Mets scouts in the Dominican salivating watching this highly-touted prospect named “Jesus” spray line drives from gap to gap. After dropping Jesus in favor of Fernando and signing to a $1.4 million contract in 2005, the 18-year-old (10/10/88) tore up Low-A Hagerstown before he was awarded a late-season promotion to High-A St. Lucie. His production slowed after the promotion, but he put up .279/.336/.457 combined vitals. #37. Fernando Martinez (18) Outfield -- New York Mets AFL(Fall Ball) 22 Games .253 2HR 7RBI St. Lucie (High-A) 30 Games .193 5HR 11RBI Hagerstown (Low-A) 45 Games .333 5HR 28RBI GCL Mets (Rk) 1 Games .250 0HR 0RBI His full AFL numbers: 22 Games, 79 AB, .253, 5 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4BB/12K, 1 SB Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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