The Houston Astros today announced that they have claimed former top Met prospect Fernando Martinez. The Mets are now unable to take F-Mart back from the Astros because they placed him on irrevocable waivers.
Martinez, 23, has played 173 career games in Triple-A, compared to just 47 big league games. As I explained the other day, Fernando was rushed to the big leagues way too quickly. The expectations for him were too high too fast, which from the start, created a situation in which he could not succeed. Martinez probably should have been given another year, but it may be best for him to get a change of scenery. The Astros organization is a perfect fit for him. He will get playing time at the big league level, but without so much pressure to become very good very fast like New York. Also, with the switch to the American League coming, Martinez could serve as a DH to avoid playing the outfield on his bad knees.
Is he likely to become the player that he was once expected to be? Probably not, but at least he’ll have a chance.