Acquired: NDFA 7/2/05
2010 Rank: #2
Why Ranked Here: Ranking Martinez, who, for two years, was widely considered the best prospect in the system, is fairly tough. He’s missed significant time due to a variety of maladies over the course of his professional career. When he’s played, he’s always been young for the league, which speaks well of his ability. And he’s just 22 years old. The crazy thing is that as long as Mets fans have been hearing about Martinez, he’s still young enough that he has plenty of time to put it all together.
He’s a top-10 talent in the system on the strength of his bat. He still has superior bat speed and can pound mistakes. His power is easy. However, his bat will have to carry him to the big leagues and will determine how good he can be. Outside of his hitting tools (for average and power) he doesn't have a special tool (speed, fielding or arm).
Martinez played only 82 games in 2010. Amazingly, that’s the second-most he’s ever played in a single season, having seen action in 90 games just once - in 2008. That’s an almost astounding record of fragility. The missed games have cost him valuable development time. In 2010 he was limited by hamstring and knee problems. In the fall, Martinez was diagnosed with arthritis, which really just indicates a degradation of the cartilage in his knee. If he's ever going to be a productive big leaguer, first he has to stay on the field. Then, he must work on becoming more selective. He walked in just 5.9% of his plate appearances in AAA in 2010.
2010: At 21, as one of the youngest players in the International League in 2010, Martinez hit .253/.317/.455. The impressive part of that line is the .202 isolated slugging percentage for a guy who would have been right at home age-wise in advanced-A.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Above average RF who makes a few All-Star teams and a truck-load of cash.
Debbie Downer Says: He never stays healthy for a full season, and thus never holds down a full-time job.
Projected 2011 Start: AAA Buffalo.
MLB Arrival: There are certainly scenarios where Martinez is an everyday player for the Mets for the second half of 2011.