Originally posted on Mets Fever  |  Last updated 12/19/11
I mentioned him earlier today in the roster post and according to the NY Post the Mets are interested in catcher Luis Martinez.  The 26 y/o catcher looked to be the back-up catcher in San Diego until he got caught in a roster crunch after the Latos trade.

He has two options left and five years of control. While he only hit .203 in 22 games in his first exposure to the majors last season, but before that he was hitting .323 in 58 games in AAA and the year before he hit .282 in 106 games.

His right handed so he can push Nickeas and if Nick was unable to hit, which is a concern Martinez could step in as the right handed back-up to Thole.

He has a strong throwing arm, as can be seen in the below video and caught 33% of would be stealers...


Matt Eddy of Baseball America listed Martinez as the best defensive catcher in the San Diego system for the 2011 season. Here;s what his manager Bud Black said about him when he was promoted to replace an injured Nick Hundley

Martinez, 26, was the Padres 12th-round pick in the 2007 draft. He was hitting .313 in 38 games with Triple-A Tucson this season around two trips to the Pacific Coast League disabled list with hamstring strains.

Martinez is regarded by the Padres as the top defensive catcher and handler of pitchers in their farm system. But he has struggled offensively.

“Catching came natural for me, hitting was the tough part,” said Martinez. “In the past, I had an open stance. Starting last fall (in the Arizona Fall League) I switched to standing straighter and narrowing the zone.”

“The defense is solid,” said Black of Martinez. “He can handle the defense and the handling of pitchers in the major leagues.” source Sign-on San Diego

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