mjr wrote:Minor league history shows it takes Martinez a little time to adjust to the next level, but once he does look out. For this year expect moderate HR and RBI totals with a good average. Next year and beyond is when he learns to drive the ball and develop his power.
The adjust comment is right on, but he is a damn quick study. He won the batting title and MVP in A ball in 2001, he won the batting title and MVP in AA in 2002. In 2003 he started slow, but hit his stride and .400 in June in AAA, then was called up to the big club. He struggled again after the call up, hitting .203 in July, but finished with .368 and .344 in August and September.
Keep in mind the rumor out of Cleveland is that he will DH or play 1st a few days a week to keep his bat in the lineup, so he could put up some high AB totals for a catcher. That is just a rumor because the Tribe is a little deep (total players, not talent) at 1st and DH, but he could be the best hitter out of that bunch.
I'm not saying take him high, but i think he has the potential to move into that top 5 catcher group this year. Call it a risky prediction if you will, but with Pudge in Detroit, and Piazza and Posada getting a little long in the tooth, this kid could step right in there. The kid can hit, and not just for a catcher either. He can just flat out hit.
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