Martinez-Esteve - A Good Addition To Organization

His defense is his knock. But Eddy Martinez-Esteve's tremendous offensive upside was more than enough to sway the Giants into taking the talented sophomore in the second round on Monday's amateur draft.

Martinez-Esteve, 21, and his father have repeatedly indicated that he will leave after two seasons at Florida State and begin his professional career after the Seminoles are eliminated from post-season play. He was a third-round selection out of high school.

"I'm honored to have been picked," he said. "I'm looking forward to starting my professional career in the San Francisco Giants organization. They have a great track record."

In his two seasons, Martinez-Esteve was given every opportunity to develop his defensive tools. An outfielder in high school, he was penciled in at third his freshman season. This year, Martin gave him a shot in right. Both seasons, a combination of erratic play and various injuries forced Martinez-Esteve into the role of designated hitter, where he start in this weekend's Super Regional series at Arkansas.

"Given the opportunity to play in the field every day, his defensive will improve drastically," Martin said. Even when he was out there, we play just three – maybe – four times a week."

At the plate, Martinez-Esteve has been nothing short of spectacular. He led the ACC in homers (19), RBI (81) and batting average (.391). The sophomore's explosive swing gives him power to all fields, often taking advantage of the short right field dimensions at FSU's Dick Howser stadium. He also wowed crowds with several long blasts to left, including a February shot that many believe to longest ever at Howser.

For his efforts, he was named first-team All-American.

Last season, Martinez-Esteve hit .371 with nine homers and 15 doubles. He also drove home 43 runs in just 50 games played. The season landed him on the freshman All-American team and first-team All-ACC

"Eddy has shown the ability to produce runs and produce hits in a clutch fashion," Martin said. "He'll be a great addition to their organization."


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