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,
"He'll be back. I'm sure he'll be back. We talked about some things with him as far as his mechanics, his fundamentals in hitting. He's a guy that the approach that he had is one that doesn't really recognize offspeed pitches. If you don't recognize offspeed pitches, then you have to guess with that. And he's done a good job to survive with what he's doing in guessing what is what. What we're trying to do is take him to a level where he can recognize the offspeed pitch and use that quick bat that he has and that power that he has and put a good swing on it."What happened in the last 13 days that changed whether it was a good idea to have Fernando Martinez on the big league roster? If promoting Martinez to the big leagues 13 days ago was the right move then, demoting him now is wrong.
...And yet, since I thought it was silly to have Martinez in the big leagues anyway, sending him back down to AAA where he really can play everyday makes perfect sense. Martinez needs to be in the lineup and if Manuel wasn't going to play him everyday, and wasn't going to be commanded to play Martinez, the youngster belongs back in the International League where he can join Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and friends in helping the Bisons' playoff push.
It's a baffling sequence for Martinez, but in the end, shouldn't matter much beyond costing him a few AB while giving him a few extra hours in this country's fine airports.