Sunday, July 11, 2010

Free J.D.!

Citizen Street started a little #freejd hashtag on Twitter. And he couldn't be more right. We've championed J.D. Martinez' move to Corpus before (and here), but this is silly.

Some notes:
*Martinez' OPS is 1.006, best in the South Atlantic League. And it's not like he's just loading up on slugging. He's leading the SAL in average (.358), OBP (.424), and SLG (.582).

*He's also leading the SAL in runs (77), hits (120), doubles (30).

*He's second in homers (15), RBI (61 - Kody Hinze is leading with 67).

*Martinez has 55K in 335 ABs - 16.4%.

*Those 120 hits are second in all of minor-league baseball, while his Avg is 3rd.

*Just considering Single-A players, Martinez' Avg is 2nd, hits are 1st, RBIs are 2nd, OBP is 3rd, and SLG is 2nd.

*He's hitting .345/.389/.512 against LHP and .363/.435/.606 against RHP. At home, he's hitting .354/.439/.599 and .362/.412/.569 on the road.

*His OPS by month:
April: .940
May: .998
June: .994
July: 1.293.

As was noted in a post linked above, Martinez is about two years older than his SAL competition. What else do the Astros need to see? Send him to Corpus, and challenge him against guys who are a little older and see what he can do.


AstroAndy said...

Would you rather displace Steele or Gaston at Corpus so that Martinez gets everyday playing time?

I'm cool with J.D. learning to maximize his value in Lexington's RF for at least a month more, if not the rest of the season. He still needs to learn to read fly balls...if he doesn't learn that soon, he'll be a 1B. Patience with his fielding now could lead to a better overall player in the future.

street said...

I'll get around to a more detailed response tomorrow, but briefly: JD can work on defense anywhere, but the only place he can work on hitting advanced pitchers is by getting out of the SAL...

street said...

Additionally, I don't see it as a question of displacing Steele or Gaston at Corpus (though given their production this season, a couple of days off here and there certainly couldn't hurt). If they can get 28 year old OF David Cook 200+ ABs and into 69 games (even though he started the season in Round Rock), they can certainly find some consistent ABs for JD Martinez if they wanted to (in the OF or as DH). It's not like he couldn't spend extra time on his off days working on his fielding...

And while I know the argument about sending JD to Lancaster, it's still hitting against more advanced pitchers, which would have to be worth something... Former Independent OF Lee Cruz has 126 ABs over 31 games for the JetHawks. There are plenty of ABs to spare in the OF and at DH in Lancaster as well...

Ultimately I have no idea if JD is the hitter his numbers would indicate he is, or yet another bust waiting to happen. Either way, it's [well past] time to challenge the kid and find out what he can do!