Friday, May 06, 2005

Eddy Martinez-Esteve

Eddy Martinez-Esteve, OF, San Francisco Giants
Drafted 70th Overall (2nd Rd), 2004 Draft, Florida State
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'2", 215 lbs

Martinez-Esteve, or EME for short, was one of my favorite prospects going into the draft. Judged on talent alone, he should have been drafted in the middle of the first round. However, slipped in the draft due to some concerns about signability and his indifferent defense. Because of his hitting and his defense, he's drawn natural comparisons to Manny Ramirez. I'm surprised we don't see that as a comp more often. Different types of pitchers are commonly compared to Clemens, Maddux, Glavine, and Randy Johnson depending on what they look like and how they go about getting hitters out. You read a lot of references to Jeter, Beltran, ARod, and even the odd invocation of Eric Chavez any time you have a lefty third baseman with some power and a nice swing. There are plenty of outfielder who can hit for power and average, but aren't particularly good with the glove, even on an outfield corner, but you never hear Manny's name being mentioned. That strikes me as a bit odd.

As you have gathered, EME is a good hitter. He sported a 1.164 OPS as a junior at FSU and kept on hitting as a pro. He isn't a very good fielder, having below average range, a below average arm, mediocre hands, and no pronounced desire to improve his defense to a point where he's an asset in the field. He also has some injuries in college, as he underwent shoulder surgery and also pulling a hamstring. He's a born DH if there ever was one. In the NL, the Giants would probably want to hide him in left. In fact he's being billed as the eventual successor to Barry Bonds out there.

2004 mL Season: .329/.399/.470, 14 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 18 BB, 26 K, 164 AB

I lumped all of his 2004 minor league stops into one line because he played in 4 different leagues, ranging from the Arizona Rookie League to the California League. He's off to a fast start in 2005 back where he ended 2004. He's hitting for power and average and drawing walks like they're going out of style. He should get the call to Jacksonville soon if he keeps this up, which I have no reason to doubt he can do. He's a hitter in a hitter's league. For fantasy owners in keeper leagues with minor league reserve rosters, he's a solid guy to either go out and get now, or watch closely, depending on the depth of your league and your roster.

ETA: Late 2006/Early 2007
4 Stars

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