Originally written on Philliedelphia  |  Last updated 9/6/12
I can say I did understand where the Phillies were coming from when they drafted utility player Michael Martinez in the Rule 5 draft prior to the 2011 season.   But why he continues to 1) Be on a major league roster, 2) Actually play some games and 3) Start some of them is out of my realm of comprehension.  For the Phillies, a cheap utility player who could play many positions was worth a shot.  But come on, now, why is he still here? Even when the Phillies took Martinez in the draft, many were less than impressed.  The blog Call to the Pen offered this scouting report of Martinez at the time of the draft: "We’re talking about a guy who hit .253/.298/.393 in Double-A this year at age 28. He almost never walks, doesn’t boast plus power, and is merely an average contact hitter and basestealer...Yes, he’s a versatile defender, but there’s a very strong chance that Martinez hits an empty .220 in the majors next year, which just doesn’t cut it unless you’ve got Ozzie Smith’s glove." ...
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