Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Astros may have claimed Fernando Martinez

With a captip to a bunch of you, it looks as though (and here) the Astros have claimed 23-year old outfielder Fernando Martinez off waivers from the Mets.

He only has 145 PAs from 2009-11 for the Mets, but has been a much-heralded prospect. Baseball America ranked him in their Top 30 prospects from 2007-09, and put him at #77 prior to 2010.

In three seasons at Triple-A, Martinez has hit .265/.326/.465, with a .776 OPS in six minor-league seasons.

UPDATE: Yeah, the Astros claimed Fernando Martinez.

Adam Rubin has this quote, from Martinez:
"I hope the change of scenery will help me revive my career. I'm anxious to begin this new stage. ... If I'm healthy and I'm given the opportunity, I'm going to hit. Now I'm healthy and only waiting for my work visa in order to go train in Miami and then spring training."