Detroit Tigers Top 25 Prospects: 15-11, Ecker, Voelker, Azocar, Maddox and Martinez
#11 Hector Martinez
Position: Second Baseman/Shortstop
2016 Minor League Affiliate: Tigers West in the Gulf Coast League
A potential gem, Martinez obliterated Dominican Summer League pitching in 2015.
The middle infielder hit .336 with a .378 on-base percentage and a .507 slugging percentage. All told, the 20-year-old collected 42 runs scored, 34 doubles, 11 doubles, six triples, five home runs and five stolen bases.
Last season, Martinez didn’t disappoint in first season playing professionally in the States.
In 42 contests for one of Detroit’s two Gulf Coast League affiliates, the prospect batted .310 while turning in an wRC+ of 121.
Things are trending in the right direction for the infielder, who also added 17 runs scored, 10 RBI, seven stolen bases, four doubles and a triple against older competition.
Potential Future Role With the Detroit Tigers
Similar to Maddox, Martinez could eventually play second base for Detroit.
His ability to play both second base and shortstop will certainly help him progress through the minor league systems.
If he continues to hit, he’ll become the latest in a long line of middle-infield prospects developed by Detroit.
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