The St. Louis Cardinals add to their organizational depth at the outfield position by adding Jose Alberto Martinez from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. Martinez will be designated to the Class AAA Memphis Redbirds.
According to Baseball America, Martinez was ranked as the Royals 24th best prospect after last season ended, which he probably garnered mostly from his .384 batting average that helped him win the Pacific Coast League batting title. His career numbers are as follows: .296 BA, 53 HR, 354 RBI, .357 OBP, .433 SLG, 17K%, and 63 stolen base.
Martinez has been in the minor league ranks since he was 17 back in 2006, in the Chicago White Sox organization originally, and has been with the Royals for only last season and the first two months of 2016. He stands at a whopping 6’6, 215 lbs. and has received much attention for his great arm back when he was part of the White Sox. Formerly a top ten prospect for the White Sox, he received the “Best Outfield Arm” award in the White Sox organization, according to Baseball America, for four of the seasons that he was there.
What does this mean for the Cardinals? Probably not much, but what immediately came to my mind was that if Martinez can continue hovering around the .300 batting average mark, he could be a candidate for a September call-up, but also this may inhibit class AA Springfield outfielder Harrison Bader from being called up to AAA anytime soon, which is not a bad thing.
Fun fact: This is the second Jose Martinez that the Cardinals have acquired from the Royals in the past 6 months, as former big league backup catcher, Tony Cruz, was traded to Kansas City for an infielder named Jose Martinez in the off-season.
In the above tweet, you can also see that relief pitcher Mitch Harris was placed on the 60 day disabled list, which makes room for the outfielder Martinez on the 40-man
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