Prospect Report: Eduardo Martinez-Esteve

Without a pick in the first round and being close to the bottom of the second round, the Giants' chances of selecting a big name pitcher was close to slim, so when their turn came around, they decided to select a power hitter instead. This talented swinger has been called the "Manny Ramirez of college baseball." Now that's sweet.

Eduardo Martinez-Esteve is already excited about professional baseball. After his 2003 season of a team leading .371 batting average as a freshmen, the Giants took note of it and made him their first selection in the 2004 draft. Martinez-Esteve was the first non-pitcher selected in the first round since Tony Torcato in 1998.

This season, Martinez-Esteve led his team to win the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, where they will be advancing to the Super Regional competition. Martinez Esteve is currently hitting .401 with nineteen jacks and seventy-eight RBIs as he tries to bring his team to the College World Series.

The Giants weren't the only major league team who took notice of Martinez-Esteve. The Seattle Mariners drafted Martinez-Esteve in the 3rd round in the 2002 MBL Draft, and the Florida Marlins invited him to play in the East Coast Professional Baseball Showcase.

Martinez-Esteve was named a preseason second team All-American by Baseball America, and received freshmen All-American honors from the Collegiate Baseball for his achievements last season.

The one thing that sticks out on Martinez-Esteve's resume is he lingering leg problems, where he had hamstring strains and had knee surgery last offseason. Martinez-Esteve claims that the knee surgery was just a clean-up, and that he hasn't been injured since. The Giants were aware of Martinez-Esteve's conditions, but it amazes them as well as others that Martinez-Esteve has been able to hold up this season and play.

Year
AVG
GP-GS
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
TB
SLG%
BB
HBP
SO
GDP
OB%
SF
SH
A
E
FLD%
2004
.385
67-67
270
57
104
24
3
19
81
191
.707
32
8
41
5
.457
5
0
2
3
.935
2003
.371
53-50
186
41
69
15
1
9
43
113
.608
27
4
45
3
.457
2
0
76
18
.839

Quick Stats:

Birthdate: July 14, 1983
Position: Left Field (converted third baseman)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 215
B/T: R/R
School: Florida State University

Offense:

What more can you say about a guy who was called the "Manny Ramirez of college baseball"? Martinez-Esteve is reported to be a pure, natural hitter with a nice swing. He does have power, but his stroke at the plate is smoother than most power hitters. Always able to put the bat on the ball, he is projected to be capable of hitting 25-35 homeruns in a season in the majors.

Defense:

Because of his leg problems, Martinez-Esteve has been limited to outfield duties. He is classified as an average defender because of the leg injuries, but he does have a strong arm.

Overall, Martinez-Esteve is a young player ready to bloom into the majors. He already has the mentality of a big leaguer, knowing he needs to work hard to get better everyday, and willing to learn something new in the batting cage everyday. Being selected by the Giants, his favorite team growing up, has been a real honor to him, and he hopes he won't disappoint them.



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