Thursday, November 29, 2007

#17 Prospect In MLB!

Yup, thats right. The Mets have the #17 prospect in the game, and his name is Fernando Martinez. In case you didnt know, Fernando is 18 years old and was the youngest player to play in AA this year. Martinez is ranked higher than Nick Adenhart, Branden Wood, Austin Jackson, and Ian Kennedy... just to name a few. According to the Article..
"Despite playing less than half a Minor League season, Martinez is still highly regarded by scouts around baseball. The Mets sent him to the Arizona Fall League in 2006, where he became the youngest player ever to participate there, and continued to push him aggressively by making the 18-year-old the youngest player in the Double-A Eastern League in 2007. A hand injury hampered him for much of the year and eventually ended his season in July.
When healthy, Martinez has tremendous potential with the bat. He should eventually hit for both average and power from a corner outfield spot. He has the ability to play decent defense and isn't a bad runner, but all his skills are still on the raw side. Assuming he's healthy in 2008, Martinez should be able to continue his quick ascent to New York. Starting the year back in Double-A might be the way to go, but even if he begins there, it's unlikely he'll finish the season at the same level."
Fernando Martinez was signed out of the Dominican Republic on July 11, 2005. Look for Martinez to be a super-star for The Mets in the not-to-distant future.