WALK LIKE A MAN/TALK LIKE A MAN………..

Every story you read about Fernando Martinez focuses on his potential. Since he signed with the Mets at the age of 16, we heard about the great potential that this young man has. He has the potential to hit for power, run like the wind, hit for average, tons and tons of potential. Well you know what potential means? It means you haven’t done a damn thing yet. You could do some great things or you may be another in a long  line of Mets prospects on the junk heap.

Ina story on MLB.com, Jesse Sanchez talks to F-Mart about his play so far the winter, where he is currently playing for the Dominican Republic rep Escogido where after  a slow start, Martinez has played well.  I thought that this quote though was a little too cocky for a guy who still has a lot to prove:

“I know I’m a big league player, and I can perform at a high level,” Martinez said. “It’s in my hands, so I have to keep working hard and maybe earn a spot. Maybe I make it to the big leagues with the Mets or maybe another team, but I know I can do it. I just have to keep working and waiting for my opportunity.”

I want to like this kid and I would love to see him finally live up to the hype and come back to the Mets and make a big contribution to the team’s future. But the bottom line is, this season is make or break for him, a young man of 20 years old just cannot keep breaking down the way he does. At first I thought that he was so young and the strain on his body of playing professional baseball and the natural progression of his physical growth were colliding and causing his injuries but I am starting to think it may be more a lack of dedication to the craft that has caused him not to be a hard worker or take the time to train and be physically fit.

Martinez claims he is a big leaguer and he knows he needs to work hard to get back to major leagues but as we’ve seen with the four years he has been in the organization, talk is cheap.

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  1. “We” need him to stay healthy and dominate AAA in all aspects of his game.

    I’m not looking for another Austin Jackson like performance.

    (Perhaps I should consider a career in sales)

  2. I am one that has a wait and see attitude on Mets minor leaguers. The team track record is enough of a reason. I like the fact that Ken Oberkfell is managing him in the Carribean WS…and that through the first two games of it, and his league championship, that Martinez has been great. I know it is just 4A competition, but there is a lot of pressure in these games, and I like the way he has responded. I also like the fact that he feels “disappointed” at what he feels is a slight, at not getting a realistic shot at filling in for Beltran. Well Fernando…in about two weeks you will have a chance to put your money where your mouth is…GO FOR IT.

  3. Wow, Steve, usually you and I are on the same page about everything but this time, I couldn’t disagree more. I am with pfh64 above, saying I like the wait-and-see approach with prospects, but here’s another thing regarding FMart. I like that you say potential means you haven’t done a damn thing yet. ‘Tis true, my dear. However, imagine taking that approach with say Jose Reyes. “He can’t keep breaking down.” “He’s only 21, this is make or break time.” Even in baseball-dog years, 20 y/o is still INCREDIBLY young. I like his attitude, personally. If he knows that he can perform at a ML level, then I’m from Missouri. Show me. Leave me pleasantly surprised. kthxbai. :) love, The Coop

  4. whozgotnext says:

    Yeah man. Re-read that quote. Doesn’t sound cocky to me “work hard” “maybe earn my chance” just sounds like a kid who believes in himself and is willing to work to get there. I have no problem with a kid – especially one who has already had a cup of coffee up here – saying that he believes he’s a big league player. If he doesn’t, he’s got a problem.

    Also, to reiterate The Coop, 20/21 is very, very young. He was, I believe, the youngest player in the the bigs when he was up last year, and he may have been the youngest at AAA as well, or very close. The trouble here is that you’ve been hearing about this kid since he was 16. If he had grown up in the states, he may or may not have even signed his first pro contract yet.

    Too early to get on him re injuries. Truly, a broken wrist and a sprained thumb are not indications of being out of shape.

    None of this is to say that the kid is can’t miss. I’ve watched the Mets too long to make that mistake. But the impatience is misplaced. Give him time. His age-mates are mostly all still playing in A ball, or in college.

  5. You know everyone who post a comment here can take me to task it doesn’t bother me, but when Coop takes to the woodshed, well that (sniff! sniff!) hurts a bit. I don’t want to go all Billy Wagner on F-Mart (know your place rook) but it irks me when a 20 yr old who has not proven anything moans and groans. Martinez will have an opportunity in St. Lonesome to show the Mets that he is the man for CF until Bel-TRAN comes back and I am rooting for him to do just that.
    I will also say that after the PBC show last night I checked out the Caribbean WS and watched Martinez’ AB with the bags loaded and 2 out. Even Though he pop out to RF in foul territory, it was an impressive AB.

  6. This is why it is the stupidest thing to sign 16 year olds. How can you possibly predict what they are going to do and by 21 they have to be in the bigs or loose them.

  7. At first I thought that he was so young and the strain on his body of playing professional baseball and the natural progression of his physical growth were colliding and causing his injuries but I am starting to think it may be more a lack of dedication to the craft that has caused him not to be a hard worker or take the time to train and be physically fit.

    Krane that is why there are coaches and managers. If he doesn’t listen to them when he is 18 19 or 20 he sure as heck isnt going to listen to them later on. He has the moral fiber of Carlos uh Beltran I mean Delgado oh well you choose.

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