Batting Sixth for the New York Mets, Playing Right Field, Fernando Martinez
Citifield was filled with electricity as the long, awaited debut of phenom Fernando Martinez has arrived for Mets' fans.
Not since David Wright in 2004 have the Mets promoted a number one prospect from their minor league system.
Martinez was signed as a 16-year old in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic. Throughout his minor league career he has earned many awards and honors.
In 2006, he was selected to the South Atlantic League (Class A) All-Star game and was part of the Arizona Fall League's "Rising Stars" and "All-Prospect Team."
He also participated in the MLB Future's Game in 2007 and 2008.
Starting in right field for the injured Ryan Church, Martinez at Triple A Buffalo was batting .291 with eight HR and 28 RBI.
He currently ranks 30th in Baseball America's top prospect rankings for 2009.
In the bottom of the second inning with one out, Martinez stepped to the plate for his first major league at-bat.
Standing in there from the left side of the plate, he fell behind 1-2 and struck out on a fouled tip on a pitch up and in.
One thing young players do is strikeout. Martinez has struck out 20 percent of his minor league at-bats, something that he will have to continue to work on at the major league level.
His second at-bat came in the third, with the bases loaded and one out. He smoked the first pitch to first baseman, Nick Johnson and beat out the relay from shortstop Christian Guzman—earning his first major league RBI.
Martinez showed off his above average speed, busting it down the first base line. With his speed, he fits in very well in line up that already leads the majors in triples.
In the bottom of the fifth, No. 26 stepped up to the plate for the third time, this time with Sheffield on first and two outs.
Seeing his first curve of the night in Craig Stammen's first pitch to him, then fouling off a fastball to put himself in an 0-2 count. With the third pitch of the at-bat, Martinez was struck on the back side, welcoming him to the majors and wasting his third appearance.
With Gary Sheffield's three-run rocket to the left field stands and Fernando Tatis taking one off the front shoulder, Martinez stepped in for his fourth at-bat and facing reliever Kip Wells.
First pitch fastball taken for strike one, then swinging at the next two breaking balls looking like a 20 year old rookie, for his second strikeout of the game.
Martinez did witness a first for Mets' pitchers this season, a complete game for Livan Hernandez. No Met pitcher has even pitched into the the eighth inning of a game this season.
He also witnessed his first team win. With the Mets beating the Washington Nationals 6-1.
Fernando's final line looks like this: 0-3, one RBI, two Ks, and HBP.
The debut was nothing that will leave a mark in Mets' history, but It's safe to say that Martinez is here to stay and will play for the next couple of weeks.
Only he can determine whether Omar Minaya and the Mets' brass will keep him up or send the future star back down for more work.
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