The Fernando Martinez list (kind of)
An annual look at 10 prospects who must have big years starts with Mets' OF
Below are 10 once highly regarded prospects who need big 2011 campaigns to get back in the broader scheme of their organization's plans:
Fernando Martinez, OF
New York Mets
Martinez has been a must for this list for so long that we should rename it the annual Fernando Martinez list. The amazing thing is that the outfielder is still just 21 years old; what's troubling is that the nonstop stream of injuries that have affected his development have finally begun to impact his tools. No longer fast, and barely an average runner, Martinez has gone from a potential five-tool talent to one whose value revolves solely around his bat. Right now, he's not enough of an offensive force to play every day in a corner, but for the fourth or fifth year in a row, he's still young enough to become a good big leaguer.
Lars Anderson, 1B
Boston Red Sox
After a strong 2008 campaign moved Anderson toward the top of the Red Sox prospect list, his track record of success consists of a hot three weeks in the Double-A Eastern League to begin last season. Other than that, he's been a big, unathletic first baseman with a slow bat that leaves him often behind good fastballs and unable to tap into his raw power. By trading for Adrian Gonzalez, the Red Sox have blocked Anderson's path to the big leagues; they need him to become a trade asset by July, should they need to go that route.