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2011 Detroit Tigers Prospects: #16, Francisco Martinez, 3B

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Every weekday from February 7-25, I'll be publishing a prospect profile from my top 30 Detroit Tigers prospect list. The profiles that appear here on Bless You Boys were the ones that were cut for space from this year's Maple Street Press Tigers Annual. You'll be able to read half the list for free, but I'd really encourage you to order the annual for the other half (not to mention all the other great content).

Francisco Martinez, 3B, Grade C+

Bats R, Throws R, Height 6'1", Weight 180 lbs, Date of Birth September 1, 1990

Martinez's grade and placement on this list isn't so much because of what he did in 2010 (his line was league average at .271/.329/.353) but because of his future ability. Martinez is a true five tool talent, with good power potential and a good hit tool. He projects well defensively, with a good arm and soft hands. He also has reasonable patience and control of the strike zone for his age: while he struck out in 19% of the at bats he also walked in 7.5%. If those ratios continue to improve and Martinez can develop, he might land up starting in Detroit. But it'll be a few years. ETA 2014.