Monday, November 30, 2009

Tri-City ValleyCats: J.D. Martinez

J.D. Martinez
How did he get here?: Drafted, 20th Round (2009)
Stats: 6'3", 175 lbs, Bats/Throws: R/R
Age as of April 1, 2010: 22

Splits (with Tri-City)!

vs LHP69.319/.360/.49310:47-15
vs RHP118.331/.391/.56820:1117-18
Bases Empty88.352/.394/.62514:514-4
Runners On99.303/.368/.46516:1010-29

Season Total
K:BB Ratio: 2.20
K/PA %: 15.1%
XBH/H %: 42.4%

Martinez spent 30 games in LF over the course of the season, with two errors and four outfield assists for a .967 Fld%, and 2 games at 1B (1 error/22 chances). 38 of his games were as a DH.

Martinez has been the story of the 2009 draft class, as far as hitters go. He started the season in Greeneville, but after 19 games and a 1.186 OPS, the organization rightly felt, "Hey, maybe this is too easy for him," and moved him up to Tri-City on July 11. Where he continued to absolutely rake. He hit three of his seven homers for Tri-City in his first month on the job, and after returning to earth for a spell, finished up the season hitting .429/.512/.714 in his last ten games with five multi-hit games. Combine his power with his relatively low strikeout rate, and I can't imagine he'll be anywhere but Lexington next season.