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."