Is Fernando Martinez a Late-bloomer or a Bust?
About 6 years ago the Mets signed a 16 year-old Dominican prospect named Fernando Martinez. Still only 22, he’s been with the Mets organization for six years and has yet to fulfill the high expectations placed on his shoulders as a teenager. Concerning F-Mart’s career, is it time to turn to panic mode?
Martinez did not do well in Buffalo this year (.260 AVG, .746 OPS, 8 HR in 63 games) and is currently on DL, which is not a surprise; this time, it’s a sprained wrist. He seems unable to stay healthy but even when he IS healthy, he’s not advancing his skills. Other than the recent wrist injury, he was diagnosed with arthritis in his knee, which may affect him more adversely if the weather is not cooperating (i.e., rain/cold) — which makes him sound more like an old, broken-down ballplayer than an upcoming prospect. And to think that Martinez was “untouchable” for trades in past!
Will Martinez bounce back and hit .300/25 HRs for the Mets or will he be stranded in the minors like Mike Hessman, Jesus Felicano, Val Pascucci and other “AAAA” players? I don’t see Martinez as the Mets’ everyday left fielder anytime soon because he has to stop getting injuries in order to develop his skills.
Now imagine if Mets did trade him in few years back — what might have changed in Mets history? Further I wonder what the Mets would receive now for Martinez? I have to believe that at least one or two teams would go overboard for F-Mart. However, the Mets did lose significant value on Martinez and all they can do is to wait for him to get fully healthy, and see what he can do playing every day in the minors. Should we forget about him for a while and pray that he remains healthy? And once he’s healthy, can he meet everyone’s expectations? That’s a big concern to the Mets organization. Your thoughts?