Fernando Martinez Plays Second Game In Majors and Is Not Impressive

Wendy AdairAnalyst IMay 28, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Fernando Martinez #67 of the New York Mets signs autographs before a game against the Baltimore Orioles during spring training at Fort Lauderdale Stadium on February 25, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Fernando Martinez made his second start in the Mets lineup last night against the Nationals and is not impressing anyone with his not running out the balls put into play.

Martinez has been given a chance to earn an every day lineup spot until Ryan Church returns from the Disabled List and he needs to prove that he belongs in the Majors.

Yes, I realize that he is only 20 years old, the age at which Jose Reyes made his major league debut, and David Wright was only 21 for his debut.

Jerry Manuel said after last night's game that these plays should be isolated incidents and that he does not believe they are regular occurrences for Martinez based on what he has seen in Spring Training and in organizational scouting reports.

F Mart will continue to learn how to play at the Major League level, but he should not have the luxury of not playing the game to his ability and having the mistakes chalked up to being a young rookie, regardless of his age. 

He needs to learn how to handle the grueling schedule, the New York media, not to mention himself, and to play the game every day to his potential.

Martinez will be monitored closely, mostly because he is a Mets number one prospect, the first since David Wright in 2004, who is now a proven team leader, and most likely the captain in training.

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His track record in the Minor Leagues shows that he is a hard worker who can run and hit as well as anyone, but is quite a bit injury prone, which is something the Mets are all too familiar with, this season especially with only two regular starters in the lineup.

All of the Mets playing have their work cut out for them filling in for the injured starters, and for the most part they have all been pulling their weight and are winning games that have put the Mets back in first place.

Luis Castillo and David Wright are the only two regulars who have been playing during this stretch, but Castillo has had a few games rest because of his chronic leg problems.

A certain amount of lacksadaisical and mental error issues that may be tolerated in the Minor Leagues will not be or should not be tolerated on a regular basis at the Major League level.

Most managers will fine and/or bench players for these errors if they appear to be an ongoing thing with no sign of recognizance or attempt at changing the attitude or behavior.

Almost all of the Mets have been taken to task for lack of fundamental baseball and mental errors, but most are showing reasonable signs that they have learned from them.

Now the burden is on F Mart to show that he has learned from these past two games and that he is ready to prove his worth to his teammates and the fans who are supporting him on this journey.


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