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Could it finally be time for Fernando Martinez?

The Mets' top outfield prospect was named the MVP of the Caribbean Series after hitting .348 with two home runs and four RBI for the Dominican Republic's Escogido team.

With the Mets desperate for outfield help last season, Martinez struggled, batting .176 (16-for-91) in 29 games before he ultimately wound up on the shelf due to surgery on his right knee.

Heading into spring training, Martinez, 21, finds himself at least fifth on the depth chart. With Jason Bay and Jeff Francoeur locked in at the corners, and Angel Pagan set to battle newly acquired Gary Matthews Jr. to be Carlos Beltran's replacement, Martinez could make things interesting.

 

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