Fernando Martinez just showed us something beautiful in that AB vs the LHP. Patience, patience, and bat speed. #stayhealthykid #MetsAdam 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.
Here's the takehome: for the period of 2005-2009 Mets' position players had the fewest Minor League AB and their pitchers had the fewest IP, by a lot. The average WARP generated by all Mets in their first two seasons in this five year sample was second from the bottom, better only than the Mariners.
Sure, injuries at the big league level play a part, but other players on other teams get injured. The Mets just didn't have the organizational depth to cover for those injuries, and they rushed guys to the big leagues before they were ready to contribute.
It's pretty damning stuff about the prior regime.
Two other tangentially points:
1. even though BPro has added a whole bunch of new writers recently, I've found that my consumption of BPro material is way, way down from my 2007 peak. Anyone else?
2. I wrote an article for the 2010 Amazin' Avenue Annual on the Mets propensity to rush prospects under the leadership of Omar Minaya and Tony Bernazard.
Chicken and Waffles and the Next Great Ballpark FoodCNBC.com and the Savannah Sand Gnats are running a promo to vote on the next great culinary addition to Historic Grayson Stadium for the 2011 season.
You can go vote here.
I voted for the stadium style Chicken and waffles for the meal and the grilled smores panini with nutella for desert.