Hola, Julio Pablo Martinez. 54 comments


 

Julio Pablo Martinez slots in as the third top prospect in the Rangers farm system.

 

For the longest time, Texas has been stockpiling international bonus pool money to snag once-in-a-lifetime player Shohei Ohtani.

When that didn’t work out, they set their sights on Cuban center fielder Julio Pablo Martinez, a 5-foot, 10-inch offensive machine, who they just signed for $2.8 million.

Martinez has shown the ability to hit for average and for power, and play at a high level at a premium defensive position, something this Rangers front office has historically overlooked.

A rarity on the Rangers, especially in the last few seasons, Martinez walked (fifty-two times) more than he struck out (thirty times) last year in the Cuban League. Here are his stats according to baseball-reference.com.

The left-handed hitting Martinez is 21, and is expected to start the season in Class A or Double-A. This is the first Cuban center fielder the Rangers have signed since Leonys Martin in 2011, a one-tool player who had a cannon for an arm and not much else, showing an inability to hit major league pitching.

Because of misinformation Martinez provided to MLB, he comes into the league owing $100,000 in fines.

He is a great addition to the Rangers system on paper, if not all that adept with paperwork.

  • Rowdy Yates

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b8a7065d0a4b21a6eb613b5366e1bc66b2312a6e69713670d172cc4d1cd46609.jpg Unfortunately this was the highlight of the day. Rangers ahead 1- 0 and a real skimpy crowd but just about as many Rangers fans as Oakland at HoHoKam stadium. That was before we got another look at the Rangers of 2018 with Oakland batting with 2 outs, no one on base and a routine grounder to short. That resulted in a lazy bounce throw to 1st by a ML SS looking to make an impression and an even lazier swipe at the ball by the one supposedly ready Rangers ML player at 1B. The error was immediately followed by a HR and the Rangers never led again.

    • dearmidol

      Rangers have made a lot of errors this spring.

      Good to see them working on the fundamentals.

      • JacobMcCandles

        And the beat goes on…..

    • Nathan Whitten

      Stuff like this just cannot happen. Ever. You did not tell us whether the players involved were Andrus and Gallo, respectively. If one or both were culprits, they should be fined or punished in some way that hurts. A point must be made, for that’s a scenario that cost the Rangers at least 10 games last year, or they got away with it and nobody noticed. It really doesn’t matter, for giving any team an extra out loses games or makes blowout wins become nail-biters and places unneeded pressure on one at bat early pitcher or forces use of the bullpen when it should not be needed. That’s a great way to wear out this yet untested ‘pen.
      Now, let’s suppose it was not the players I mentioned. Then, it becomes even worse, in a sense. For it tells us that bench players are taking their roles lightly. We know that the strength of a team’s bench can make or break a game, a series, or a season. We are in big trouble if bench players can assume that they’ve made the team before we’ve had a week of ST.
      It’s a shame that we can’t be writing about the (hopefully) great addition to the organization because of this one AB in an early ST game. Let’s hope you don’t see any more of this crap. And…have a nice time while you’re in Arizona,

    • GoRangers23

      That stinks! I hate that they lost the game you paid to go to. I hope you are having a good time anyway though. 😄

  • von_todwin

    Errors are obviously bad and were a huge problem last year, but spring is the time to work them out. The fact that several have been people fighting for the utility reserve spot is troubling, but on the whole, we’re right in the middle of the pack, and Houston, Boston, and LAD all have significantly more. I’m sure they’re not taking the errors lightly, but the idea of fining players for spring training seems a little excessive.

    • von_todwin

      (just to be clear, not saying the errors are fine. They’re not. But even making it a major focus this spring won’t make it disappear immediately.)

  • Gregor_S

    So now three of the Rangers’ top minor league prospects, and maybe their top three prospects overall, are center fielders: Martinez, Leodys Taveras, and Pedro Gonzalez (the guy they got in the Lucroy deal). They’ll probably trade at least one of them for pitching eventually. Just have to hope they don’t trade the wrong guy for the wrong guy.

    • Gregor_S

      And among the center fielders we have a Leo and a Cuban, but fortunately the Leo is not a Cuban. That would worry me.

      • von_todwin

        😀 but then we could study the correlation between name/nationality and baseball skill! Missed research opportunity, for sure.

    • GoRangers23

      Trading the wrong guy for the wrong guy seems to be something they are really good at, unfortunately.

      • Gregor_S

        It almost sounds like a fair exchange but I’m sure it won’t be.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well its nice to have someone that does not strike out much……Calhoun is exceptional as well. Lot of excitement on this guy, but not all scouts were sold on him…we will see who is right.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well I predicted Centeno would get the nod over Nicholas….did not think it would happen this fast. Lincecum took Bret Nicholas spot.

  • Gregor_S

    Lincecum’s deal has been finalized. He will be in the bullpen in an unspecified role but down the road starting hasn’t been ruled out. As I’ve said I think if he pitches well in the BP they will make him a starter since there certainly will be a need. They’ll need to “stretch him out” but since Banny often has relievers pitch two innings and often limits starters to around five innings not much stretching will be involved.

  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23

    Flap, the image below shows that there is another webcast on Texasrangers.com. You might be able to see it again.

    • FlappingGums

      Thank you, Go! Ill give it a try! 😀

  • GoRangers23

    1-0 Rockies. 😡

  • FlappingGums

    I’m watching the game on Gameday.

  • GoRangers23

    Blackburn has been having a few difficulties. Rockies 5-0. 😩

  • FlappingGums

    I stepped away from the game for a few minutes and , according to the new score,bad things happened. 🙁

    • GoRangers23

      I wasn’t paying very close attention, but the words, “Bad things happened” explains it better than anything I’ve ever heard. 🙂

    • GoRangers23

      Are you able to see or hear it?

      • FlappingGums

        I’m able to see it on Game Day.

        • GoRangers23

          Awesome!

  • GoRangers23
  • GoRangers23

    Gallo homerun. He apparently hit it pretty well.

  • GoRangers23

    I’m not sure who they were talking about, but someone on their team is nicknamed —The Silent Assassin. How can we compete with that? 😳

  • GoRangers23

    Way to go Robinson! Two run homer. 5-3 Rockies.

  • GoRangers23

    Bases loaded with two outs. Willie Calhoun pops out…..

    • FlappingGums

      I thought we might get a run or three out of that bases loaded scene.

      • GoRangers23

        That was sad. Some players step up and get it done when they are in that position. I was hoping he would be the -step up- kind of player. Hopefully it’s just because it’s still early. It’s still disappointing. The players that are truly going to be good players and turn a team around….I don’t think they pop out in most of those situations. Then again, it’s still early and he’s fairly young. Fingers crossed.

  • GoRangers23

    Even though I saw all of the games in the World Series, and cheered on the Astros because they are the other Texas team, it still sounds ridiculous when they say, “The World Series Champions, Astros, will be in town to play the Rangers…..”

    • GoRangers23

      They were just so bad for so long, it’s hard to get used to.

  • FlappingGums

    Good HR, Ryan Rua!!!

  • GoRangers23

    Go Ryan! Solo homer! He’s having a pretty good spring, I think. I haven’t looked at his numbers yet, but it seems like he’s doing something every time I’m listening.

    • GoRangers23

      Well, his batting avg is only 217. I guess he’s not doing too well after all.

  • GoRangers23

    Rougie had two strikeouts this game and dropped his batting avg down to 158.

  • GoRangers23

    Rockies 5-4. I hope we are just getting the losing out of the way before it counts…

    • FlappingGums

      Me too. :-/

      • GoRangers23

        If the starting pitcher had been in better control of the ball, we would have won. 5-0 isn’t easy to overcome. There. That’s my optimism for the day. 😄

  • JacobMcCandles

    Kershaw has given up 1 hit off a curveball in 136 times throwing…perhaps he should’ve thrown all curves to Houston!!!!

    • dearmidol

      Didn’t a pitcher do that during the Series?

      • JacobMcCandles

        ?? Throw all curves?

        • dearmidol

          Yes, it might have been during the playoffs. I think an Astros pitcher threw like 12 straight curveballs to the Yankees hitters. Let me see if I can find that.

          • dearmidol

            Found it.

            McCullers threw 24 straight curveballs to close out AL Championship Series against the Yankees.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjngPW6XVvI

          • JacobMcCandles

            Oh…I thought you were saying it happened to Houston. I know that Lance has one of the best curves in the game…did not remember that many. I think the curve has led to his many ailments….

          • dearmidol

            I think at that point he was like, screw it. Great to watch. I remember wondering why they Yankees thought they were going to ever get a fastball.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep…that was a big part….Houston dominated Judge early….he was starting to catch up at the end

  • WhoKnowscs

    Sunday will be the first televised Ranger game of spring training. (Fox Sports SW)

    • FlappingGums

      YAY!!! Thank you for this info, WK! 😀

    • GoRangers23

      Thank you for telling us!

  • possumrld

    Well, I think L&M was a two tool player., Kev He did have some speed to go with the arm, didn’t he? But “one” thing we can totally agree on, whatever the assessment of how many tools he had or didn’t have, he was a washout.