Cardinals Prospect #30 - Jose Martinez

At 19, Martinez is certainly a name to keep an eye on in the Cardinals system. Player Profile

Position: IF

DOB: 1/24/1986

Height: 5-11

Weight: 175

Bats: R

Throws: R

School: N/A

Became a Cardinal: Signed to a 2005 contract as a non-drafted free agent on October 2, 2004.

Johnson City (R) .300 150 45 6 31 28 9 20 15 .387 .500

Staff Comments

JS (31): "Signed out of Venezuela by the Cardinals last year, Martinez didn't disappoint in his first professional season, hitting .300/.387/.500 at Rookie-level Johnson City. At 19, Martinez is certainly a name to keep an eye on, as he has a very good chance to move on up the list in the future. Another season like 2005 could move him into my top 10. It is nice finally seeing a Latin player listed among the Cardinals top prospects."

LM (30): "Mr. Martinez is one I nailed.  He spent the entire season at Johnson City, going .300/.387/.500/.887 in 150 at bats.  That was good for second on the team in average, on-base percentage and OPS, and third in slugging, minimum 100 at bats.  He also showed remarkable plate discipline, striking out only once every ten at bats.  Martinez was 19 this season, he turns 20 in January, so his age is right in line for the league in which he played.  His potential is such that Baseball HQ ranked him as the Cardinals' seventh best prospect this year.  If he can come close to replicating these numbers next season, he will certainly move up the Birdhouse prospect list."

RM (25): "I ranked Martinez higher than the rest of the staff. I think he has the potential to be a Top 10 Prospect by next season. He has all the tools and may be one of the best athletes in the system. He has excellent bat speed and makes good contact and will remind you of David Eckstein, with his approach in the batters box. He hit .300/.387/.500 with six home runs and 31 RBI, stealing nine bases in 11 attempts for Rookie-level Johnson City. In 55 games, he drew 20 walks and struck out 15 times. He has an excellent arm and covers a lot of ground around second. He should move up in the system quickly and could be in the majors within three years."

BW (36): "My friend Deric McKamey from BaseballHQ is formally trained as a scout and clearly has a much better perspective than I do. A side benefit is that he is also a consultant for the Cardinals. Deric ranks Martinez as the #7 prospect in the entire system due to his batting average, power and plate discipline. He calls out Martinez as having the tools to become an above-average major league second baseman. Had I seen that, I would have ranked Martinez even higher."

STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking); JS = Jason Scott; LM = Leonda Markee; BW = Brian Walton; RM = Ray Mileur; NR = Not Rated


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