The Blue Jays promoted Martinez from Low-A Dunedin to High-A Vancouver on Tuesday, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports. The 19-year-old outfielder has enjoyed a breakout campaign at Dunedin, hitting .279 with 19 home runs over 325 plate appearances. Martinez's 26.2 percent strikeout rate is somewhat worrisome, and he may need to cut that down (or at least not increase it) in order to remain productive against the more advanced pitching at High-A.
Martinez went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, two home runs, three runs scored, four RBI and a stolen base for Low-A Dunedin on Wednesday. Toronto's No. 4 fantasy prospect is overmatching pitchers in his first taste of full-season ball, despite the fact that he doesn't turn 20 years old until November. Martinez has gone yard 11 times through 17 games in July, slashing a dizzying .400/.494/1.015 over that stretch, and while the Jays won't want to rush him up the ladder he seems more than ready for a new challenge.
Martinez went 4-for-6 with three home runs, nine RBI and an additional run Saturday in Low-A Dunedin's 17-6 win over Clearwater. The career day capped what has been a supremely hot stretch at the plate for Martinez over his last five starts, which have all come versus Clearwater. During that stretch, Martinez is slashing a remarkable .542/.593/1.500 while homering seven times and driving in 16. The 19-year-old now owns a .954 OPS on the season and could be ready for a jump up in competition.
Martinez is hitting .263/.350/.474 with eight homers, two steals, 40 RBI and 30 runs across 52 games at Low-A Dunedin. The 19-year-old hasn't done anything to assuage concerns about his hit tool, as he's striking out at a 27.3 percent clip. That said, he's performed better as the season's gone along. After posting a .772 OPS in May, he improved that figure to .802 in June, and it's 1.049 in July so far. Martinez has drawn enough walks to maintain a solid OBP, and there's no question that he has power. He should at least make it to High-A by season's end, but the ultimate test of his prospect status will be whether he can keep his strikeouts down once he reaches the two highest levels of the minors.
Martinez was added to the Blue Jays' 60-man-player pool Thursday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports. Now one of the Jays' top prospects, Martinez signed a $3.5 million deal with Toronto back in July of 2018. He will get the opportunity to further his development at the team's alternate training site.
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