The rise and fall of Fernando Martinez
At one time, Fernando Martinez was one of the Mets' top rated prospects. Since then, he's fallen off dramatically. Here's a look at the ups and downs of Martinez's Mets career.
July 11, 2005: Signs $1.4 million contract with Mets at age 16
2006: Bats .279 with 10 home runs in 76 games for three separate Class A Mets affiliates. Misses time with thumb and knee injuries. Ranked as the 80th best prospect in baseball by Rotoworld in July. By December, Baseball Prospectus rates him the No. 1 Mets prospect.
2007: Ranked the No. 21 prospect in baseball by SI.com and the No. 22 prospect by Baseball America. Begins season at Double-A Binghamton at age 18, which was considered an aggressive decision by the Mets. In July, he was named to participate in MLB All-Star Futures Game, but he missed game with a hand injury. He finishes the year with a .271 average and four home runs in 60 games at Binghamton.
2008: Ranked the No. 10 prospect in baseball by Baseball America in March. Spends most of the year with Double-A Binghamton. Plays 85 games and bats .287 with eight homers.
Feb. 6, 2009: Mets announce Martinez has strained his right elbow and will be shut down for three weeks. In the Sporting News' top 50 prospects list released that month, he is ranked 40th.
May 26, 2009: Makes MLB debut as a 20-year-old, going 0-for-3 with a hit by pitch and an RBI.
June 30, 2009: Hits first (and only) major-league home run off Milwaukee's Todd Coffey.
July 14, 2009: Undergoes surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, ending his season. He had been batting .176 (16-for-91) in his rookie season.
Aug. 7, 2010: Called up to Mets, but sent down again after hitting .167 in seven games. Plays 71 games at Triple A Buffalo, batting .253 with 12 home runs.
March 2011: In what may be his last chance to prove he can make an impact in MLB, Martinez is off to a nice start in spring training. As of March 9, he's hitting .458 (7-for-20) with two doubles and a home run. As of March 11, he was sent down to the minor-league camp.