Writer Lynn Henning:
Why, precisely, the Astros gave up on a 6-foot-3 220-pound right-handed batter who had been used as a cleanup hitter last season is yet something of a mystery, explained best by an Astros team in the midst of a massive rebuilding program and stocked with excess outfielders.
Toledo manager Larry Parrish:
He was a kid who hopefully got caught up in some of the stuff Houston might have been talking about - walking and taking pitches - and I'm not sure that really fit him. Hopefully, our style is going to allow him to blossom a little bit and get back to the big leagues.
This season for Triple-A Toledo, Martinez is hittimg .308/.366/.846 with 10HR and 22RBI, including a doubleheader last Saturday in which he went 4x6 with 4HR, 7RBI, and two walks. He added a homer on Friday, meaning his last five hits (in 10 ABs) have all left the yard. In his last ten games he's hitting .314/.400/1.057.
Congrats to JD Martinez on his promotion to Detroit! Trevor Crowe also activated from the DL today.
— Toledo Mud Hens (@MudHens) April 21, 2014