Fernando Martinez- #26
21 years old
2nd major league season (91 at bats last year)
6'1" 200 pounds
Bats L/Throws R
The Good: Was signed for a then record 1.3 million back in 2005. Still only 21 years old, and has been a top prospect for the past 4 years. Has power potential to all fields and slugs mammoth home runs in BP that make scouts drool. Has great bat speed and should be able to hit for a solid average. Hit 8 Home Runs in AAA (including 2 off of Clay Buchholz) in 190 at bats last year. He has the power potential for 20-30 HRs and some scouts consider him a top 20 prospect in the game if he can stay healthy. Had a solid winter league performance (Caribbean World Series MVP) and it has carried over to Spring Training thus far.
The Bad: Injuries have limited him to 303 games in 4 professional seasons (has never played 100 games in a season). Was once viewed as a 5-tool player, but he has gained weight in his lower body and his speed has slowed down. Most scouts view him as a corner outfielder vs a center fielder. Average outfield arm with inconsistent throwing mechanics. Needs to develop a more patient approach at the plate.
Role: Start the year in AAA, prove that he can stay healthy, and get called up to the big leagues if/when Jeff Francoeur falters/gets hurt, or in September.
Future Role: Still viewed as a future All-Star. The Mets #1 position prospect and could be the starting right fielder in 2011.