Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The thing about highly hyped baseball products is that they don't pan out more often than not. Sometimes it's due to injuries (Brien Taylor), the realization that the jump from high school to professional baseball is a big leap (Eric Duncan), or sometimes it's just all smoke and mirrors. Perhaps that was the case when it came to Mets prospect Fernando Martinez.
Martinez was hands off in Mets trade talks, but just 24 hits in 103 at-bats over three Major League seasons and a number of injuries changed the minds of the Mets' front office. The Houston Astros snatched him up off waivers in January, 2011 and earlier today the Yankees acquired the former star-in-the-making for pitcher Charles Basford.
Martinez was ranked as baseball's 20th best prospect by Baseball America prior to the 2008 season. He had put up .662 OPS through 28 games this season for the Astros Triple-A club in Oklahoma City.
Basford was a 37th round pick by the Yankees in last season's amateur draft. He was pitching for Staten Island in the New York-Penn League.