Monday, March 05, 2012
Martinez, an outfielder who was claimed off waivers from the Mets in January, made his first Grapefruit League start for the Astros on Sunday against the Nationals and went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer and a walk as the team's designated hitter.
"I need the opportunity to play a couple of games and maybe they want to see me and how I play in the outfield and how I run the bases," said Martinez, a former top prospect of the Mets whose career has been marred by injury. "I'm working hard every day. It's simple. It's like anything -- just enjoy the game and play hard."
The Astros also got homers on Sunday from catcher Chris Snyder, who belted a solo shot off Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and left fielder J.D. Martinez, who went 1-for-2 with a three-run blast and a bases-loaded walk en route to four RBIs in his first start of the season.
"I was just trying to see pitches and came up in that spot and was trying to hit the ball," J.D. Martinez said. "[Pitcher Tom Gorzelanny] was just trying to come in and he left it in the middle instead of coming in, and I was able to get to it."
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Baseball America named Martinez one of the top 100 prospects in the game before each of the 2007-10 seasons, and at age 23, he's worth a 40-man roster spot for new Houston GM Jeff Luhnow.
Injuries, selectivity, and plate coverage have limited Martinez thus far, wrote Baseball America a year ago.
Monday, January 09, 2012
A source told ESPNNewYork.com that both players are on waivers to clear the roster spots for Scott Hairston and Ronny Cedeno.
Martinez, 23, has faded as a prospect because of continual leg injuries. Even when healthy, an arthritic knee limits his mobility in the outfield. If Martinez clears waivers, the Mets can option him to Triple-A Buffalo. But Martinez's reputation could prompt another team to claim him at least to take a shot.
Martinez hit .227 in 11 games with the Mets last season. He hit .260 with eight homers and 30 RBIs in 223 at-bats at Triple-A Buffalo.
Herrera, 27, was one of two players to be named in the deal that sent Francisco Rodriguez to the Milwaukee Brewers -- really a salary dump to avoid K-Rod's contract vesting at 55 games finished with the Mets. Herrera had adequate numbers as a Met -- a 1.13 ERA in 16 appearances spanning eight innings -- but the organization concern is his effectiveness will fade as National League East opponents become more acclimated to his screwball.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Martinez’s arthritic right “knee has not improved much” since 2009 surgery and says the Mets “seem to be considering unloading him.”
Once upon a time Martinez was linked to just about every juicy trade rumor, but at this point it seems unlikely that the Mets could get back more than a solid regular for him. And even that might be a stretch after Martinez hit just .260 with eight homers and a .746 OPS in 63 games at Triple-A while repeating the level for a third straight season in part because the Mets’ previous regime promoted him so aggressively.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Harris flew back to New York after last night's game to be with his wife who went into early labor at just five months. The child did not survive.
Best wishes to Harris at a time like this that has to be extremely difficult for him and his family.
The Mets called up outfielder Fernando Martinez from Triple-A Buffalo to take Harris' roster spot.
Players can be on the bereavement list a minimum of three days and a maximum of seven.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
“It just burns,” he explained before the Mets' 7-3 loss, his eye glassy, before heading into the training room for more treatment. “It’s burning inside.”
The pain manifested around the top of his eye. Team trainers prescribed eyedrops. A doctor visited the team’s clubhouse to check on Beltran before the game. Beltran explained after the game that he may have conjunctivitis (pink eye), but some of the blurriness in his eye had dissipated.
“They gave me some eyedrops,” Beltran said. “They want me to take those during the night. And hopefully (today) I feel better.”
Beltran’s absence altered manager Terry Collins’ plans and shuffled one of Friday night’s stars, Fernando Martinez, into right field.
Before Beltran was scratched, Collins had kicked around a few options to find playing time for Martinez, the 22-year-old former top prospect who smashed a crucial two-run homer in his second at-bat with the club this year.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
He will be replaced on the roster by outfielder Fernando Martinez.
Davis suffered the injury in a collision with David Wright on a pop up in the top of the fourth inning of the Mets’ 4-3 win over the Rockies on Tuesday night. While the rest of the team remained in Colorado for Thursday’s rain-delayed series finale, Davis was sent back to New York for tests. Davis is leading the team in RBIs with 25. Daniel Murphy is expected to fill in at first base.
Martinez was batting .292 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 19 games for Triple-A Buffalo.
According to ESPN and Mets organizational sources, Fernando Martinez is expected to travel to Denver, Colorado today for the Mets 3:10 PM game against the Rockies.
ESPN's Adam Rubin states:
"There has been no official word whether Ike Davis is being placed on the DL, and sometimes minor leaguers are summoned as a precaution but not activated. Martinez was at Wednesday's Triple-A Buffalo game but was held out. He homered in each of his previous two games with the Bisons.
The arrival of Martinez, an outfielder, presumably would free Willie Harris to play second base with Justin Turner in any Davis absence, with Daniel Murphy then available to play first base."
Friday, April 15, 2011
Hernandez cleared waivers at the end of spring training after failing to make the 25-man roster and agreed to remain with the organization. He's expected to primarily play second base with Buffalo.
Martinez, 22, has averaged only 78 games a professional regular season because of assorted injuries.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
With so much negative publicity surrounding Mets ownership and their mediocre farm system, it’s nice to finally be able to talk about a shining prospect exceeding expectations.
Cory Vaughn is the son of former big leaguer Greg Vaughn who was known for his big bat back in the day.
Now, no one here is predicting that Cory will one day replicate his father’s 355 home runs and 1,072 runs batted in even though it’s more than possible, but as the saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Vaughn played his college ball at San Diego State University under the watchful eye of Mr. Consistency himself, Tony Gwynn.
If this isn’t an interesting amateur resume, then I don’t know what is.
A 2010 fourth round pick under former Mets GM Omar Minaya, Vaughn started his first year of professional ball at short-season Brooklyn of the New York Penn League.
While he benefited from the weak pitching of low-A ball, Vaughn also showed some serious upside by smacking 14 home runs in a park described as a place “where home runs go to die.”
In Brooklyn, Vaughn also produced a .307 batting average, .396 OBP, 14 doubles, five triples and 12 stolen bases.
While it’s still too early to call this kid a stud, if you compare his numbers to the 0 home runs, 17 RBI’s and .256 bating average that Ike Davis put up in his time at Brooklyn, it’s obvious he already has a leg up on the competition.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, catcher Kai Gronauer and right-handed pitchers John Lujan and Tobi Stone were re-assigned to Minor League camp. Forty-five players, including 12 non-roster invitees, remain in camp.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Surprise, surprise. Carlos Beltran is hurt once again.
After he resumes baseball activities sometime in the next few days, who knows how long it will take our new right fielder to get in baseball shape?
If Beltran is out for an extended period of time, the Mets are going to need a permanent solution to fill the void in right field and in their lineup. Already, there appear to be several candidates the Mets could consider.
I will present a few options and weigh the pros and cons of each decision.
I've heard that a possible platoon between Scott Hairston and Willie Harris could occur.
Hairston has some pop from the right side and has played adequate defense his entire career. He obviously won't be the offensive force that a healthy Beltran could be, but he would do a nice job filling in.
Harris is a superb defender, as Met fans have witnessed countless times especially late in games. He also has hit well this spring and still has good speed.
These two players certainly have experience, but they could also be valuable members of the bench. Their value to the team would be in more of a limited role, since that's what they've done for most of their careers.
I might as well throw Nick Evans' name into the conversation. Evans has been mostly playing the corner infield spots during spring training but now might see some time in the outfield.
Evans is raking so far this spring and is making a bid to make the team, even if just as a bat off the bench.
However, his defense in the outfield is suspect, and it would be an adventure for him at Citi Field. Still, if Hairston and Harris see the bulk of the time, Evans may be needed on the bench.
If Beltran were to be out more than a month or two, it might be a wise decision for the Mets to promote one of their outfield prospects. Kirk Nieuwenheis and Cory Vaughn may need some more seasoning in the minors, so that leaves Lucas Duda and Fernando Martinez as the most major league ready prospects.
Duda has been hitting well this spring and with extended time could put up big numbers: maybe not healthy Beltran numbers but still productive in the middle of the order.
He actually looked decent at times in left field late last season, but once again right field at Citi Field is challenging. With lots of work, Duda could become an adequate right fielder, but the question is whether the Mets have that kind of time?
Now onto F-Mart. He's also been swinging the bat very well this spring. He's young, he can run, he's got some pop, he has a good arm. What's not to like?
The problem is that F-Mart has had a chance to prove what he can do in extended play in the majors, and he flopped.
However, that doesn't mean that he would flop again. The Mets are content with having him play a full season in the minors before handing over the reins (or even exploring a trade option).
With Beltran out though, I wonder if the Mets decide that F-Mart is ready.
In the best case scenario, Beltran's knee tendinitis doesn't prove to be a major problem, and he returns healthy in a week or two.
If that's not the case, my pick for the Mets' right fielder would be Lucas Duda, but also with Scott Hairston getting regular at-bats as well. Maybe it wouldn't be quite a platoon, but Duda could play four games a week and Hairston would play the other two.
We'll see what happens over the next few weeks, but if one of these prospects starts impressing, the name "Carlos Beltran" could be quickly forgotten in New York.
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Thursday, March 03, 2011
Spring Training is only about two weeks old, but already some players are starting to leave an impact on the new manager, Terry Collins.
Regardless of a 2-3-1 record, the team seems to be coming together nicely, especially since the main focus of this offseason dealt with off-the-field issues.
Stats really don't mean too much in spring. Rather, a player's quality of at-bats and defensive presence get noticed more.
A few of the young players have impressed Collins so far.
Nick Evans, who is fighting for a bench position, is making a strong case to make the team. Evans is out of options, so he would have to go through waivers to be sent to Buffalo. Another team would snatch him up in an instant.
He's been hitting the ball hard and will look build on his strong performance from early this spring.
Another young stud of the spring has been Ruben Tejada. We know Tejada is great with the glove. However, it's been his bat that has been holding him back.
Not only is Tejeda hitting well this spring (4-for-8), but his hits are clutch. On a few occasions, he's driven in runs with two outs and runners in scoring position. He's not going be be a power threat, but he could be a solid contact hitter.
I do like the plan the Mets have set forth with Tejada. Due to the uncertainty surrounding Jose Reyes, they will need a back-up plan, whether it be this year or next year.
However, if the second base experiment isn't working out, I wouldn't mind Tejada getting the call. He looked good in his limited time at second last year, but I agree with Collins in that he should be playing everyday in the minors to begin with.
I say this with my fingers crossed, but Fernando Martinez is looking like the prospect that he's been hyped up to be for his entire career.
Martinez is hitting the cover off the ball early this spring. He hit that clutch two-run homer in the first game and laced a double a few games later.
Unlike Evans, Martinez can be sent back to the minors no problem. He'll start at AAA where the Mets hope he can play a full season of productive and, just as important, healthy baseball.
Martinez still factors into the future plans of this club, and he may even be with the team sooner rather than later.
Daniel Murphy has been playing excellent defense, albeit at third base rather than second base. Watch out David Wright, Murph is coming for you! I would like to see more of Murph at second though.
That leads me to Carlos Beltran. We all get on Beltran for always being injured or being unproductive or sometimes shying away from the media, but this guy has always been a class act.
His move to right field has highlighted the first few weeks of spring. Now we just need to see him out there in action.
The Mets will arguably have one of the best defensive (and hopefully offensive) outfields in the majors, assuming everyone stays healthy.
While these have been some of the early positives, Met fans hope that this list continues to grow over the next month. Opening day is officially 30 days away.
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Saturday, February 26, 2011
Willie Harris hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning,helping the New York Mets to a 5-5 deadlock with the Atlanta Braves in Grapefruit League play.
Harris also scored the game-tying run in the bottom of the ninth, on a Jordany Valdespin double. The Mets and Braves both scored one run in the ninth and two in the 10th.
Fernando Martinez smacked a two-run shot for the Mets, while starter Jenrry Mejia gave up an unearned run in two innings. Mejia surrendered one hit, walked one and struck out three.
Eric Hinske homered for Atlanta, while Freddie Freeman hit three doubles and Ed Lucas drove in two. Starter Jair Jurrjens allowed two hits in two innings.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Murphy sustained a mild hamstring strain of the left leg while playing for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League. There was no loss of motion or strength in the leg. He will rehab his hamstring and return to baseball activities as tolerated.
Martinez felt pain in his right knee while running to first base in a game with Escogido in the Dominican Winter League. An MRI showed mild arthritis in the knee, unchanged from his previous MRI. There was no new injury. He will wear a brace and continue to work on strengthening his knee before resuming baseball activities.
Evans has been recovering this offseason from a posterior labral tear of his left non-throwing shoulder sustained September 29 during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He has been swinging a bat back pain-free. A MRI revealed no change and he will progress with baseball activities as tolerated.
Pedro Feliciano has declined the Mets' arbitration offer and will continue to pursue free agency. Read the full news story here
The Mets today announced the re-signing of LHP Mike O’Connor to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training.
The 30-year-old O’Conner was 5-2 with six saves and a 2.67 ERA while striking out 70 in 70 innings for Triple-A Buffalo last season.
Monday, November 29, 2010
The team described Martinez's knee trouble as stiffness -- the same term used in August when the outfield prospect landed on the disabled list with Triple-A Buffalo. Of course, that time, Martinez did not play in another meaningful game until starting once last week with Escogido in the Dominican Republic, after which he was again shut down.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Martinez feels notable discomfort in his knee, he told ESPN's Enrique Rojas.
"I feel a lot of pain in the knee, but I don't know if I'm done for winter ball," Martinez said.
The 22-year-old Martinez made his season debut with Escogido on Wednesday, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs. He had not been in a game of that caliber since getting shut down with Buffalo in August with knee discomfort.
While Martinez told Rojas he doesn't know if he is done for the winter-ball season, it is reasonable to expect the Mets organization will take the lead and make that decision for him.
Martinez's career has been slowed by assorted injuries since he received a $1.3 million signing bonus in 2005. He has appeared in 385 regular-season games between the majors and minors with the organization over the past five years -- an average of only 77 games a season.
In '07, he required surgery to address a broken hamate bone at the base of his right hand, but the injuries otherwise have been leg-related, primarily to his knee and hamstrings.
In 71 games this past season with Triple-A Buffalo, Martinez hit .253 with 12 homers and 33 RBIs in 257 at-bats.
Monday, November 08, 2010
New York Mets Top 20 for 2011 (Should be Top 21)
1) Wilmer Flores, SS, Grade B+: He's coming around with the bat. How fast will the new regime push him, and what position will he play long-term?
2) Jenrry Mejia, RHP, Grade B: I'm concerned enough about his health to lower his grade a notch, but I still like him. Not a technical rookie due to service time, but under the innings limit and people ask about him.
3) Matt Harvey, RHP, Grade B: Love the power arm, but lingering questions about his command keep him from higher grade at this point.
4) Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B, Grade B-: I am very impressed with his power but concerned about defense and reports of bad work ethic.
5) Fernando Martinez, OF, Grade B-: Stock is starting to slip. Still young, still has potential, but development hampered by injuries and poor handling by previous front office. May need change of scenery.
6) Cory Vaughn, OF, Grade B-: Tools are excellent. If he maintains the improved approach he showed in the NY-P, he'll blossom.
7) Juan Urbina, LHP, Grade B-: Highly projectable but a long way from the majors. Grade is somewhat aggressive but I like what I hear about him.
8) Reese Havens, 2B, Grade C+: Would rank higher with at least a B- or a B if he could stay healthy.
9) Lucas Duda, OF-1B, Grade C+: Older prospect, turned on the power this year, should be a useful bat.
10) Kirk Nieuwenhuis, OF, Grade C+: I think he'll be a useful fourth outfielder but if he can refine his skills further he could be a decent starter. I originally had him at 14 on this list, but looking at it again that was too low. That said, he's got some weaknesses with contact that have to be addressed. But he's younger and more athletic than Lutz and needs to rank ahead of him.
11) Zach Lutz, 3B, Grade C+: A third base version of Duda; lots of power, other skills marginal.
12) Cesar Puello, OF, Grade C+: Others may rank him higher due to speed and tools. Very young, fast, lack of power is a concern, many similar players have failed and something is making me cautious here.
13) Jeurys Familia, RHP, Grade C+: Still like the arm, could bloom if control sharpens up again. He's actually a sleeper again.
14) Armando Rodriguez, RHP, Grade C+: Scouting reports point to mediocre stuff, but excellent statistics.
15) Sean Ratliff, OF, Grade C+: Was Double-A breakout genuine or a fluke? Has always had power, but strikeouts held him back.
16) Albert Cordero, C, Grade C+: Sleeper catching prospect features good glove, power, but needs to tighten strike zone.
17) Matt Den Dekker, OF, Grade C+: I think he can be a good fourth outfielder.
18) Darrell Ceciliani, OF, Grade C+: Younger and faster than Den Dekker and Nieuwenhuis, but less polished.
19) Jefry Marte, 3B, Grade C+: Improved slightly and very young.
20) Mark Cohoon, LHP, Grade C+: Finesse lefty could reach majors in '11.
21) Dillon Gee, RHP, Grade C: He can eat up innings but I think his ceiling is limited.