Mariners Top-15 Prospects of 2012
1. Jesus Montero | 1b/C/DH | Age – 22 | Grade – A-
2. Danny Hultzen | LHP | Age – 22 | Grade – B+
3. Taijuan Walker | RHP | Age – 19 | Grade – B+
4. James Paxton | LHP | Age – 23 | Grade – B+/B
5. Nick Franklin | SS/2b | Age – 21 | Grade – B
6. Francisco Martinez | 3b | Age – 21 | Grade – B/B-
7. Vinnie Catricala | 3b/1b/LF | Age – 23 | Grade – B-/B
8. Phillips Castillo | OF | Age – 18 | Grade – B-
9. Brad Miller | SS/2b | Age – 22 | Grade – B-
10. Guillermo Pimentel | OF | Age – 19 | Grade – B-
11. Erasmo Ramirez | RHP | Age – 21 | Grade – C+/B-
12. Tyler Marlette | C | Age – 19 | Grade – C+
13. Alex Liddi | 3b | Age – 23 | Grade – C+
14. Victor Sanchez | RHP | Age – 17 | Grade – C+
15. Martin Peguero | SS/2b | Age – 18 | Grade – C+
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- Grades are based on a prospect’s projected value over the course of his career and how likely it is that prospect will fulfill his projected value. Various factors are accounted for including upside, red flags, actual performance, and closeness to the majors. See the 2012 Top Prospect List Primer for more information as it relates to prospect grading and philosophy. Grades can be subject to change.
- Hitters must have 100 or fewer Major League ABs.
- Starting pitchers must have 50 or fewer Major League innings.
- Relief pitchers must have 25 or fewer Major League innings.
Contact – 45/40 Now | 50/55 Future
Power – 45 | 50/55
Discipline – 45/40 | 55/50
Speed – 55 | 55
Defense – 50 | 55/60
Arm – 60 | 60
Instincts – 50 | 60
ETA – 2014
Final Grade – B/B-
Last Year’s Team Ranking (Detroit Tigers) – No. 9
Last Year’s Grade – C+
Body Type – He has a projectable build.
Signed by the Detroit Tigers in 2007, Francisco Martinez was traded to the Mariners along with three other prospects in exchange for pitchers Doug Fister and David Pauley.
Martinez spent the entire season in Double-A, splitting his time between the Eastern League, where he was by far the youngest hitting prospect, and the Southern League where he was the second youngest hitting prospect.
He showed tremendous growth not only from 2010, but throughout the 2011 season. The game slowed down for him, and his numbers showed gradual improvement. With Erie, his OPS was .717 and with Jackson his OPS was .802. The main difference was that his power potential started to shine through, and he cut down on the strikeouts.
Martinez has good bat speed, quick hands, and he makes consistent hard contact. A lot of his hits come on hard ground balls and line drives, and I’d like to see him to drive the ball out a little more often, or else his power numbers will suffer.
*Credit to MLB Prospect Portal
Martinez has to work on keeping his weight back on his swing. He lets his hands get too far out in front at times, and pitchers can exploit that. Pitchers also have success busting him inside because of his long arms.
While Martinez should be able to hit for average, he won’t put up an acceptable OBP until he improves his patience and draws more walks. Given his age, however, I’m not overly concerned about that at this point.
Martinez is a very good athlete for his size, and doesn’t figure to lose much of it even as he fills out. He’s an above average runner, though he’s not much of a base stealer. He has good hands and a strong arm on defense, but is still learning some of the intricacies of his position.
His development should continue this year in Triple-A Tacoma.
Best Case Outcome – Above average everyday third baseman.
More Likely Outcome – Average everyday third baseman.
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Last Year’s Team Ranking – No. 11
Last Year’s Grade – C+
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