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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Harold Martinez (Credit: Aflac)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Harold Martinez
Position:Shortstop
School:Braddock HS (Fla.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:05/03/90
Height:6'3"
Weight:190 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):03/31 - 04/02/08
Game(s):Sarasota Classic


Focus Area
Comments
Hitting Ability:Martinez lacks confidence at the plate. He's got a good setup, but the bat drags through the zone and his pitch recognition is bad.
Power:When he squares up, he's got pop, but how consistently will he do that? His raw power grades as above average, but will it play?
Running Speed:He has below-average speed.
Base running:He's aggressive on the bases, so he's not a clogger, though he more station-to-station than anything else.
Arm Strength:He has a plus, plus arm.
Fielding:A bad defensive posture, not being set as the ball crosses the plate has limited him somewhat. Many see him as a third baseman in the future.
Range:His below-average range is made worse by the aforementioned setup.
Physical Description:Martinez has the future big league body, a frame some can dream about, though he doesn't seem that strong core-wise.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:The plus arm and above-average raw power. He also looks the part and has a good baseball body.
Weaknesses:How he looks and how he performs have been two different things. He has struggled for most of the year.
Summary:Martinez certainly looks the part of a future pro player with a good, athletic baseball body. He entered the season with plenty of expectations and hasn't lived up to them as performance hasn't met what many thought his potential will be. Someone dreaming about his projections will likely take a chance on him, but the question is whether it will be early enough to keep him from going to Miami.