Francisco Martinez, 3B, Jackson Generals (AA, 24.4 years old on average in 2011)
6-1, 180 lbs, 21 years old
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Acquired: 2011 Trade with Detroit Tigers (Doug Fister)
One of the major reasons that people don’t like the Doug Fister trade, by my estimation, is that they don’t value Francisco Martinez very highly. In order to remedy this, in February I wrote about how Francisco Martinez deserves more respect. Martinez is a guy that has the athletic potential to be a great defender, and has five-tool potential. Sure, Martinez isn’t presently banging on the door to third base in Seattle. He may take a couple of years to get there, but he’s already performed very well to this point in his young career. One of the major things that has hindered the hype on Martinez is that he was pushed very quickly through the Tigers system. There are reports that Martinez will end up at Triple A Tacoma this year, and between he and Nick Franklin or Brad Miller, the Mariners may have their future left-side of the infield playing in Tacoma this year. Even if Martinez ends up moving off of third base, where he’s presently not a finished product defensively, Martinez will likely end up in right field instead of first base, where most of the guys in the log jam at third base will end up when they move off the position.
Potential (of 40): 36
Probability of Success (of 30):22
Positional value (of 20): 16
Character (of 10): 10
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