Fernando Martinez is headed to the show. The Mets are promoting the 20-year-old outfielder from Triple-A Buffalo to the majors with Ryan Church heading to the disabled list. The promotion could be the end of a whirlwind minor league career for Martinez, which saw him reach Double-A Binghamton at age 18 in 2007. He seemed to stall there, however, hitting only .271/.336/.377 while missing time with broken hamate bone in his right hand, one of several injuries he’s battled in his young career. He got back on track in 2008 though, hitting .287/.340/.432 in a return trip to Binghamton last season.
Martinez got off to another slow start this year with Buffalo and hit only .233/.288/.411 in April. But he caught on quickly and was tearing up the International League in May with a .337/.378/.663 line in 92 at-bats. He had already matched his total of eight home runs from last season while also placing second in the league with 15 doubles. He leaves the Bisons as the team’s leader in most major offensive categories including average (.291), home runs (8), doubles, RBIs (28) and runs scored (22).