Still not 25 and an assumed prospect flop, Fernando Martinez was always too hurt to ever achieve the potential that scouts saw in his first four minor league seasons. Met fans grew accustomed to his name being on the list of their top 10 prospects and began to assume it was inevitable that he’d be patrolling right field by now.
As we all know, that was not the case. Fernando began to have injury problems (including arthritis) that limited his speed, range and yearly at bats. 2011 was the final straw for the Mets who could no longer spare the room on their 40-man roster to hold onto Fernando as he struggled to find the spark that excited fans earlier in his career.
Martinez left New York and wound up catching on with the Houston Astros. It is an old baseball adage that sometimes all a player needs is a change of scene… why does that adage have to be true now?
Through 38 HEALTHY games of 2012, Fernando Martinez has contributed to his Oklahoma City team with a .318 AVG, .520 SLG ...