Fernando Martínez (baseball)
|This article is outdated. (April 2015)|
Martinez with the Mets in 2009
|Rojos del Águila de Veracruz|
October 10, 1988 |
Río San Juan, Dominican Republic
|May 26, 2009, for the New York Mets|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||29|
Jesús Fernando Martínez Álvarez (born October 10, 1988) is a Dominican professional baseball outfielder who is with the Rojos del Águila de Veracruz in the Mexican League. Martínez signed with the New York Mets in 2005, and made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut in 2009. He also played in MLB for the Houston Astros. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.
New York Mets
Martínez signed with the Mets in July 2005 as an international free agent, when he was 16 years old. Mets general manager Omar Minaya, known for his ability to attract Latin American talent to the Mets, lured Martínez with a signing bonus of $1.4 million. Minaya said of the signing "What we saw in [Martinez] was a 16-year-old kid with power, great ability and great character, above everything else.”
Martínez had played center field in the minor leagues since the 2007 season with Double-A Binghamton. He was selected to both the 2007 and 2008 All-Star Futures Games. Martínez was considered by many to be a potential 5-tool player at the major league level.
Martinez then saw his status as a blue chip prospect decline over the next few years, due in large part to his frequent stints on the disabled list. For example, Martinez was ranked as the Number 1 prospect in the Mets' organization by Scout.com in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, he was dropped to Number 4. Similarly, ESPN Scout Keith Law ranked Martinez as the Number 10 overall prospect in 2008, and then as the Number 16 overall prospect in 2009, but dropped him to Number 73 overall in 2010. Due to his accumulated time on the major league roster, Martinez' prospect status expired after 2010.
After batting .291 with 8 home runs and leading the International League with 25 extra-base hits in 42 games with AAA Buffalo, Martínez was called up to the major leagues on May 26 as José Reyes and Ryan Church were placed on the disabled list. He went 0–3 with 2 strikeouts, a fielder's choice, a hit by pitch, and an RBI. He hit his first career home run against the Brewers on June 30 in a 6–3 loss.
After appearing in 11 games for the Mets in the majors and batting just .227 with an On Base % of .261 the Mets waived Martinez on January 9, 2012 after years of injuries and disappointing progress. 
In 2012 Martinez played well for the Astros AAA team with a slash line of .314 / .367 / .507. However, Martinez struggled to perform in the Majors. The next year Martinez struggled in both the minors and majors for Houston.
New York Yankees
On August 5, 2013, Martinez was suspended 50 games by the MLB for violating its drug policy and connection to Biogenesis.
In the Dominican winter league, he plays for the Estrellas Orientales, the team from San Pedro de Macoris.
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