Fernando Martinez, whom the Astros acquired off waivers from the New York Mets in January 2012, will be joining the AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks. He was designated for assignment by the Astros last week. Martinez did not have any options remaining, meaning that he would have to clear waivers and be placed on an MLB teams active roster in order for the Astros to lose him. He went unclaimed and has been assigned to AAA.
Martinez was a sixteen year old, amateur free agent signing of the New York Mets in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic. He quickly became a highly touted prospect who rose through the Mets minor league system. Martinez was ranked in the Top 100 prospects by Baseball America each year from 2007 – 2010. With his rise however, came injuries, specifically to his knee. His frequent DL stints and inconsistent play over the years led the Mets to release him.
Once considered a five tool prospect, at this point, Martinez is looking to salvage his career. He was also listed in the Biogenesis report a few months back as well. Martinez was given an opportunity by the Astros and made the opening day squad two years in a row but his DL stints and inconsistent play continued. Hopefully he’ll be able to turn the corner and put together a successful season.