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Fernando Martinez didn't get very far along the waiver wire. ?The Astros, who finished a painful, MLB-worst 56-106 selected the 23-year old former prospect.

It's a pretty stunning fall from grace for Martinez, who was not just a consensus Top 100 prospect in baseball, but ranked in the top 30 by Baseball America for three years running from 2007 to 2009. ?The bottom line has been that he's been injured every single season of his professional career (here's the nasty history), and hasn't hit that much when he has been on the field. ?In his first 145 MLB PA, he's hit .183/.250/.290.

However, over three seasons in AAA, his age 20, 21, and 22 years he's hit .265/.326/.465. ?That's a .200 isolated slugging percentage if you're playing along at home. ?The International League average was .140. ?So even while playing as one of the youngest players in the IL, he was producing (when he played) above average power. ?Sure, it hadn't translated to the big leagues yet, and it might never.

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I wasn't going to do this. Really. Blame my friend who asked the question whether I had a comprehensive list of Fernando Martinez's maladies.

So here it is. Fernando Martinez's gory injury history. Note that only twice in six seasons has he finished the season healthy.

For each of the major injuries I've included the major associated disabled list period and the number of games that covers. These underestimate the amount of time he's lost to injury because often the Mets hesitated to put him on the disabled list, or he played through some kind of pain. This 2006 article, for example, notes that his first disabled list trip for his thumb with a strained ligament/deep bruise, was actually the third time he had missed time for the injury.

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Once dubbed the "teenage hitting machine," Martinez is no longer a teenager nor has he hit that much recently.

In three seasons in AAA, he's hit .265/.326/.465 in 656 aB over 179 games. ?There's some power there - 43 doubles, 28 homers and a .200 isolated slugging percentage. ?However, he's also ran a K/BB a little over three 353/116.

Not surprisingly, Martinez was not on this year's Baseball America 2011 Top 20 International League Prospects. ? James Bailey, the author explained why in his chat:

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@ Syracuse Chiefs (Was) 3, Buffalo Bisons 2 (11 innings)

- Josh Satin was 1-5 and scored a run to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. He's hit safely in 16 of 17 in AAA. He's also drawn seven walks in 17 games and is hitting .353/.413/.485 in 17 games as a Bison.

- Fernando Martinez was 2-for-5. Since taking an 0-for-4 in his first game back from the disabled list on July 30, he is 10-for-28 (.357) in his last seven games with five doubles, two walks and four strikeouts. The 22-year old has had a nice week. Now he just needs to do it again. I think there are many, many Mets fans who have given up on Martinez, a move that seems natural, but he's still only 22.

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AAA: @ Pawtucket Red Sox 6, Buffalo Bisons 5

Fernando Martinez smacked three doubles in the Bisons 6-5 loss to Pawtucket. ?Martinez now has five extra base hits in his last three games (4 2B, HR). ?Over his last 10 games Martinez is hitting .273/.429/.576 with four doubles, two home runs, 7 BB, and 9 K.

Josh Satin: 2-3, 3 runs scored, BB. ?Satin has a 12-game hitting streak where he is hitting .426 (20-47).

Tags: Collin McHugh, Fernando Martinez, Joshua Satin, Reese Havens
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Ok, now that we're past the trade deadline, it's time to finish my midseason review of my pre-season Top 41 Mets prospects. ?This will be the second-to-last installment. ?Ideally, players 1-5 will run Tuesday. ?Then Wednesday, we'll take a look at the guys who at this point have likely hopped into the Top 41.

Part 6 on players ranked 11-15 is here. ?Part 5 on players ranked 16-20 is?here. ?Part 4 on players ranked 21-25 is?here. ?Part 3 on players ranked 26-30 is?here. ?Part 2 on players originally ranked 31-36 is?here.?Part 1 on players originally ranked 36-41 is?here. ??Each player?s name links back to his original scouting report from before the 2011 season.

 

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Fernando Martinez, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Reese Havens, Toby Hyde
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Saturday: Buffalo Bisons 2, @ Lehigh Valley 1Sunday: Buffalo Bisons 7, @ Lehigh Valley 1

Fernando Martinez returned. ?The Fragile one was 0-4 Saturday before going 2-for-4 with a run scored Sunday. ?The 22-year old is hitting .254/.327/.400 in 53 games this year after hitting .253/.317/.455 in 71 games in AAA last year.

With a single Saturday, and a double Sunday,?Josh Satin has played in 10 games in AAA, hit in nine of them and rides an eight-game hitting streak. ?A natural second baseman, he's played nine games at third for Buffalo and one at first. ?He just keeps hitting. ?Maybe he's an MLB bench piece.

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AAA: @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 6, Buffalo Bisons 2

Mark Cohoon?(L, 2-5) turned in his third straight solid outing for the Bisons. In six innings of work Cohoon allowed seven hits, three runs, walked none, and struck out a season high seven. He induced seven groundball outs and two fly outs.

Cohoon's last three starts: 17 IP, 15 hits, 7 er, 5 bb, 13 k. Hey its not spectacular, but its progress.

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@ Buffalo Bisons 4, Norfolk Tides 3

 

The Bisons finished a four-game sweep of the Norfolk Tides behind a nice night from Mark Cohoon. ?Actually, it was Cohoon's best start in AAA: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. ?I watched a the last few innings of Cohoon's start and for the most part he looked "on." ?In the innings I saw, the changeup and curveball were working for him, but he was having a little trouble locating his fastball.

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Two of our commenters were at the game last night in Norfolk.

In case you don't read our comment section, I'm posting their observations on Martinez here.

 

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Fernando Martinez has arrived in Buffalo and is expected to play in game two of the Bisons' Sunday doubleheader.

LHP Mark Cohoon has been promoted from AA to AAA and is expected to start in Monday's doubleheader.

Feel free to use the comments to discuss a busy day in the system today.

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According to Adam Rubin, the Mets will have OF Fernando Martinez travel to Denver Thursday.

This helps explain why despite home runs in back-to-back games, Martinez, who was hitting .292/.361/.477 in AAA did not play Wednesday. ?For those asking about Kirk Nieuwenhuis, he's not on the Mets 40-man roster. ?The Mets would not and should not burn one of Nieuwenhuis's option years on a short-term fix.

 

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AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 2

The good: Fernando Martinez was 2-4, HR (2), RBI. He raises hit season totals to .283/.358/.433.

The bad: Newly signed starting pitcher Brian Sweeney gave up three home runs in his six innings of work.? He gave up 7 hits, 5 runs, 4 er, walking none and striking out 8.

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Fernando Martinez, who last played on April 11th, has been activated off the Buffalo Bisons DL today.? He was originally placed on the DL with a right hamstring strain.

Saturday, the Bisons placed 3B Zach Lutz on the DL, with - wait for it - a right hamstring strain.? In 13 games this year, Lutz was hitting .308/.400/.513 with five doubles, a homer, six walks and 10 strikeouts.? He's always hit when he's been healthy, but he's had trouble staying healthy.

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After the Knicks flopped in the second half, I had to figure out what I wanted to write for today.? I didn't want to just run through through Sunday's recaps.? Instead, I want to take a slightly broader perspective for storylines by each affiliate for the first 11 days of the minor league season.

 

We'll start at the top with Buffalo.

Tags: Buffalo Bisons, Fernando Martinez, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Zach Lutz, Toby Hyde
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Fernando Martinez has a strained right hamstring and has been placed on the AAA Buffalo DL.? He was 5-for-16 in his first four games.

Your thoughts?

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I knew something was going on with Fernando Martinez, as he was not in yesterday's lineup and has missed three out of the last four Bisons games.? Then word came down on why Martinez was being held out of the lineup, yes the dreaded "tightness in his right hamstring".? Seriously folks, I can't make this stuff up.? Last season, Martinez was limited to 82 games due to hamstring and knee problems.

Martinez started the season out with a bang, going 4-5 with a double and a run scored, since then he is 1-11 with two walks and four strikeouts in 3 games.

Over at ESPNNY, left-hander Jimmy Fuller is reportedly out for the season due to shoulder surgery.? Fuller split time between Savannah and St. Lucie last season, going a combined 11-5, 2.19 ERA.? Fuller struck out 124 in 131 1/3 innings, while holding opponents to a .238 batting average.

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The Duda/Bullpen Transaction ChainAfter Sunday's game, the Mets designated Blain Boyer for assignment, optioned Lucas Duda to Buffalo, selected the contract of Ryota Igarashi and activated Jason Isringhausen.

-Duda should help a Buffalo offense that is sitting at a meager .200/.277/.321 after four games.

-In two appearances for Buffalo, Igarashi had fanned four, walked one, and did not allow a hit in 3.1 innings.

Tags: Fernando Martinez, Jeurys Familia, Lucas Duda, Toby Hyde
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Mike's gone through all of the games, but I wanted to point out two of the best things from Opening Day in the Mets system.

Fernando!Fernando Martinez was 4-5 with a double and a strikeout.

I didn't watch the whole Bisons' game, but I saw the double, when he waited on a curveball and ripped it into right field.? It was an impressive piece of hitting on its own, showing strong pitch recognition and the ability to drive the pitch.? In a larger context, where pitch recognition and patience have lagged behind his pure skills, it was even better.

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Fernando Martinez Fernando Martinez was 0-3 yesterday, but he did impress our own Mike Diaz, who tweeted:
Fernando Martinez just showed us something beautiful in that AB vs the LHP. Patience, patience, and bat speed. #stayhealthykid #Mets
Adam Foster of Project Prospect also tweeted about Martinez's potential:

As a 1B, I think he has 30+ HR potential and could put up a wOBA around .360 RT @MeanyMikey: Any projections for F-Mart?
It's worth next to nothing, but Martinez has been productive in his 20 plate appearances this spring, going 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles, and a home run.? I think more importantly than a few base hits, or even some power, is that he's drawn three walks and fanned four times.? That's a very nice piece of strike zone control.

I also pointed out that he needs a better nickname than F-Mart, which just sounds boring and cheap.

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Steve Popper wrote about Fernando Martinez yesterday.

Two interesting nuggets:

1. Martinez admits to thinking that, even at 22, as Popper puts it, there's a "possibility that time has passed him by."2. Assistant GM John Ricco goes on record saying the truth.? None of the talent, which Martinez still has, matters unless he can stay healthy and stay on the field.? It's interesting too, that it's Ricco speaking on record.

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Today, Project Prospect, posted their Top 100 prospect rankings. Six Mets prospects appeared on the list, starting with Reese Havens (42), Matt Harvey (48), Fernando Martinez (53), Jenrry Mejia (83), Brad Emaus (94), and Wilmer Flores (100).? Players are given grades rated on ceiling, floor, and risk.?? Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper ranks #1 overall.

Project Prospect differs slightly in their compiling of rankings.? They indicate they put a lot of value on a players floor as well as ceiling. They will be holding a chat for these rankings starting at around 9:30pm est, here.

Tags: Brad Emaus, Fernando Martinez, Jenry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Other Prospect Rankings, Reese Havens, Wilmer Flores
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Of all Mets minor league prospects, there are no bigger enigmas than Reese Havens and Fernando Martinez.? These two highly talented prospects have been hampered year after year by a series of injuries.? How important is 2011 for Martinez and Havens?

With the state of the Mets second base position, Havens, 24, could have almost walked into a starting big league gig this season.? When healthy and playing, Havens has been a force at the plate.? The former 2008 1st round pick, Havens has yet to play over 100 games in his 3 years in the Mets organization.

Kevin Goldstein says this about Havens: "Havens has the kind of power and patience rarely seen in a middle infielder. His quick, compact swing generates plenty of power, with some scouts seeing him as a Dan Uggla light-type player capable of 20-plus home runs per year."

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The official update yesterday from the Mets, via twitter, on Fernando Martinez's knee read: "MRI showed mild arthritis in F-Mart's knee-no new injury...will continue to work to strengthen the knee."

Good news: no new injury.

Bad news: Martinez has a condition that's not going away.? He'll have to manage the arthritis for the rest of his baseball career and beyond.? There is no cure.

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...And now for something completely different: Fernando Martinez is injured again.? This time, it took exactly one game with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League.

"I feel a lot of pain in the knee, but I don't know if I'm done for winter ball," Martinez told ESPN's Enrique Rojas.? Remember, knee pain ended Martinez's season with Buffalo early.? Martinez played in one game for the Leones del Escogido, going 1-for-3 with two RBI.

As a 21-year old with the Bisons, Martinez hit .253/.317/.455 with 16 doubles and 12 home runs in 75 games.

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On Monday, Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com, tweeted that Mets prospect Fernando Martinez would make his winter league debut tonight for the Escogido Lions.? Rojas also shared that Escogido and the Licey Tigers were involved in trade talks for the young Martinez.

Hansel Matthews, of Hoy Digital (a Dominican Newspaper), gives us some details in the trade negotiations between Licey and Escogido.

According to Matthews, Escogido was intent on trading Martinez to Licey on Monday, but when Escogido offered Martinez for the versatile Emilio Bonifacio, Licey rejected the offer.? Escogido representative, Angel Santana then called Licey once again and offered Martinez for rookies Carlos Peguero and Carlos Truinfel (both Seattle Mariner prospects), but Licey rejected the offer once again deeming it to much to give up for Martinez.

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AAASaturday: @ Buffalo Bisons 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 4 (7 innings)Sunday: Pawtucket Red Sox 9, Buffalo Bisons 2 (7 innings)Pawtucket Red Sox 7, @ Buffalo Bisons 5 (7 innings)

So we start with injuries.? Fernando Martinez couldn't go in game two Sunday with a right knee injury while 2B Justin Turner left game one after two pitches and according to Bisons.com "could miss significant time."

According to his post-game comments, Manager Ken Oberkfell first noticed that Martinez was hobbling running out a ground ball and then saw that he wasn't moving well in the outfield.? After game one, when asked, Martinez told the coaching staff that indeed his knee was bothering him.? The 21-year old Martinez is dangerously close to making 2010 a lost year.? In 71 games in AAA he's hitting .253/.317/.455 with 16 doubles and 12 home runs and 17 walks against 65 strikeouts.? He was 3-18 (.167) in his seven MLB games.

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So after a thirteen-day trip to the big leagues, the Mets optioned Fernando Martinez back to AAA where he belongs.? As a corrective measure, I like the Thursday sequence well enough.? Martinez was optioned to Buffalo to make room for Rod Barajas, who returned from the disabled list.? If Barajas can play enough in the next week to convince some team who needs a catcher to pick him up before August 31st, and send an arm or some cash the Mets way, well cool.? If the Mets can't trade him, Barajas, who's not part of the Mets future and their next playoff team, should not take playing time away from Josh Thole, who might be.

Now onto the Martinez end of things.? He hit .167 (3-for-18) in seven games in the last week and a half in the big leagues.? Seven games of playing time should not be enough time on which to base a decision about a young player's ability.? Essentially, we have no more new information now than on August 7.? When he was promoted to the Mets now 13 days ago, I wrote "I don't get this at all"? in arguing that Martinez, who had hit .255/.321/.466 in 68 games in AAA this year wasn't ready to play everyday in the big leagues.? I don't think that's controversial.

Mets manager Jerry Manuel, as quoted by Adam Rubin at ESPNNY agrees that Fernando Martinez wasn't ready,

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Couple of more thoughts from the transactions today:

- Cutting Alex Cora was simply the right move.? At .207/.265/.278 with lousy defense, he was no longer a major league-caliber hitter, and he certainly wasn't worth $2 million.

- Optioning Feliciano doesn't matter to me.? Really.

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Adam Rubin just tweeted that Fernando Martinez "informed he's being called up to the Mets."? I defended Martinez as undervalued yesterday, but I don't get this at all.? Sure, it's great that the team, which is 8 games out of a playoff spot is looking to the future, but at the same time, I don't see anything in Martinez that says he's big league ready now.? What's the value in him struggling at the MLB level?

The 21-year old Martinez has hit .255/.321/.466 for Buffalo.? He's come out of a 3-36 slump at the end of July to hit .435 (10/23) with three doubles, two home runs, four walks and six strikeouts in his last seven games.? Seven games.? Again, he's hitting .255 this year, at AAA.

Yes, he's hopefully part of the future in a way Failcouer is not, but .... the future is not now.? Or is it time travel people?

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At SNY.tv, Michael Salfino argues that 21-year-old Fernando Martinez, who missed Baseball America's mid-season Top 100 list is currently being underrated.? Ted Berg (Michael's editor) thinks that its fair to dock Martinez as a prospect because of his inability to stay healthy, but not based on his results.

Salfino picks out four other high-profile position players (23 yo Desmond Jennings - TB, 21-Lonnie Chisenhall, 22-Dustin Ackley - SEA, 20-Aaron Hicks - MIN) who made BA's mid-season top 25 and argues that Martinez is a better hitter than all four.

Martinez is the youngest of the group (by six days over Chisenhall).? As the table below shows, he has the highest extra-base hit rate, which is good.? He also has the lowest walk rate and highest strikeout rate of the quartet.

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AAA: @ Columbus Clippers 11, Buffalo Bisons 8Tobi Stoner (5-9, 6.04): 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2? BB, 1 K, 4 HR.? That doesn't look like a guy who's big league ready, does it?

The slupping RF Fernando Martinez (.246/.306/.435) was 3-5 with a double.

2B Justin Turner (.301/.355/.440) had a monster night 4-4 with a double, two solo homers and a bomb.

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Friday (Completed Saturday): @ Toledo Mud Hens 12, Buffalo Bisons 6Saturday: @ Toledo Mud Hens 5, Buffalo Bisons 4Sunday: @ Toledo Mud Hens 2, Buffalo Bisons 0

GEE and STONER Are What They AreComing off four strong starts that ranged between effective and excellent, Dillon Gee (9-6, 4.82) was ripped for six runs, all earned, on nine hits including two home runs, in four innings on Friday.

While Tobi Stoner has not had Gee's brilliant starts, but he's also avoided the worst of his blowups.? Saturday, Stoner (5-8, 5.67) gave up five runs on nine hits, including one home run, while walking one and fanning four in five innings.

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AAA: Rochester Red Wings 10, @ Buffalo Bisons 0

CF Jesus Feliciano (.362/.405/.448), who was 3-5 with a double from the top of the Bisons' lineup was pretty much the only Buffalo player with a good afternoon.

Notably, Ruben Tejada (.295/.344/.364) played second and turned a double play.? At the plate he was 1-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

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AAA: Gwinnett Braves 8, @ Buffalo Bisons 7 (10 innings)

Fernando Martinez homered twice and singled with one out to start the Bisons' five-run game tying rally in the ninth inning.? J.R. House and Valentino Pascucci hit back-to-back jacks in the inning which ended with Martinez grounding out with the bases loaded.? Martinez, after his 3-5 night with two bombs Thursday is up to .293/.383/.683 in 11 games in July with five walks and five strikeouts.? Patience? Check.? Power? Check.? It's only 11 games, but it's a great 11 games.? Among Martinez's final challenges in AAA: improving against LHP against whom he's hitting .227/.300/.386 this year compared to .278/.335/.500 against RHP.

Lucas Duda (.340/.400/.723 - 25 G) was 2-4 with a double.

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#1 1B Ike Davis

Why Ranked Here: I liked that Ike played everyday and had learned to turn his power into game production in his first full minor league season in 2009.

What Happened: The 23-year old beat up on AAA pitching for a week and a half while Mike Jacobs sucked it up at first base. Davis was installed as the Mets? everyday first baseman from the day of his call up on April 19.? He's been a few runs above average both at the plate and in the field, and by WAR is the fifth-most valuable Met.

Stock: I feel good about ranking Davis #1 coming into the season.? This might have been my best call.

Tags: Brad Holt, Fernando Martinez, Ike Davis, Jenry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Jon Niese, Josh Thole, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Reese Havens, Top Prospects Series, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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After focusing on those who are off to strong starts earlier, we now turn to those who haven't been so fortunate:
  • C Josh Thole, Bisons: The team's top catching prospect has struggled out of?the gate, managing just one hit in his first 12 at bats.
  • OF Fernando Martinez, Bisons: After tearing up spring training (.383/.415/.745), Martinez is 3-for-17 with with 5 strikeouts in Buffalo's first four games.
  • RHP Scott Shaw, B-Mets: The right-hander got shelled in his first start against Akron on Saturday, lasting just 2.1 innings and yielding 8 hits, 7 earned runs, and two walks.
  • RHP Scott Moviel, St. Lucie: After not making his debut last year until July due to a knee issue, Moviel would like nothing more than a strong start to 2010. That didn't happen on Saturday after he allowed 5 earned runs, 5 hits, and 4 walks in 4 innings of work against Jupiter.
  • OF Cesar Puello, Savannah: Scouts have begun to take notice of his skills and believe he could develop into a solid all around player. It's been a tough go so far though, going 2-for-15 with 6 strikeouts in the Gnats first 4 games.
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In an article, on ESPN.com, Jose Arangure Jr. talks about Mets prospect, Fernando Martinez. Arangure asks the question, can a prospect be labeled a bust at the age of 21? According to Mets GM Omar Minaya, "In an ideal world we wanted him to spend all of last year in Triple-A and get at-bats, we put him in a situation where as a young man he was hitting in the fifth hole. I think he gained something from that experience. And really we didn't have a choice [but to call him up]. We were down to our fourth and fifth options."

According to Arangure, with Fernando's early struggles this winter, whispers had begun about whether Martinez was out of shape and whether he could ever actually live up to his potential. Having had a strong Dominican series finals, Martinez has silenced some of his critics. Martinez hit .387 with 2 home runs and a series-high 6 RBIs in helping lead the Leones to their 1st title since 1992. Martinez will hope to lead Escogido to a Caribbean World Series title, starting Feb. 2 in Venezuela.

Minaya acknowledges that the main goal for Martinez is to stay healthy this year. "We expect him to be a contributor in the majors in a year or so", Minaya said Minaya also says that they still believe that Martinez can play center-field, but it has yet to be determined. Everyone knows that this is a pivotal year for Fernando's development. Asked if the organization has lost faith in the 21-year old Martinez, "Our opinion of him has not changed," Minaya said. "It's just a matter that we have to give him a chance to play."

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Ideally the Mets would loved to pencil in Fernando Martinez as the replacement for the injured Carlos Beltran this upcoming season. Ideally the Mets would have loved to have played Fernando Martinez everyday in the meaningless second half of last season. Ideally the Mets would love Fernando Martinez to just stay healthy for one entire season. Oh if we lived in a perfect world.

To say the short career of the 21-year old Martinez has been rocky thus far is an understatement. He missed time in 2006 with a bone bruise in his hand and a knee sprain; in 2007 with a broken hamate bone in his right hand; in 2008 with recurring trouble with his right hamstring; and in 2009 his season ended in July with right knee surgery. This is not the script Omar Minaya was hoping for after signing Martinez to a $1.4M signing bonus in 2005.

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Wednesday, Baseball America ranked OF Fernando Martinez the #12 prospect in the International League and LHP Jonathan Niese #16.? Jesus Feliciano was unranked.

Josh Levanthal wrote of Martinez:

Staying healthy continues to be Martinez's biggest obstacle. ...

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Trade deadline?? Who needs trades?

This is the ninth and final installment of my continuing review of my pre-season ranking of the Mets Top 41 prospects.? Part 1 (36-41) is here, part 2 (31-35) is here, part 3 (26-30) is here, part 4 (21-25) is here, part 5 (16-20) is here, part 6 (11-15 is here), part 7 (6-10) is here and part eight (3-5) is here.

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The Mets placed SS Jose Reyes and OF Ryan Church on the DL Tuesday, selected the contract of Fernando Martinez from Buffalo, and acquired INF Wilson Valdez from the Indians for cash.

Martinez who is batting sixth and playing RF will join a select group of big leaguers who have debuted at age 20.

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