Monday, October 30, 2006

Zoomed in on Fernando Martinez

When Martinez signed a $1.4 million contract with the Mets last summer out of the Dominican Republic, he said he barely spoke any English at all, so this is really a major accomplishment at such a young age. (He only turned 18 on Oct. 10.)

By the way, one scout raved about Martinez yesterday, praising his approach at the plate.

Martinez joined Mike Pelfrey in Friday night's Arizona Fall League all-star game, where Daily News photographer Ron Antonelli took some photos in addition to yesterday's game.

Martinez hopes to be at Double-A Binghamton in 2007, which Gary Carter is slated to manage if he doesn't get the Rockies hitting coach job.

He hit .333 in 45 games with low-A Hagerstown and .193 in 30 games with high-A St. Lucie during the '06 regular season, his first full year in professional baseball.

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