- Full name Candido Martinez
- Born 01/10/1978 in
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: R / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
Like many Dominican players, Martinez took some time to develop after signing as a teenager. Dedicated work in the weight room and an improved diet strengthened his once skinny body into an impressive 6-foot-4, 210-pound build. He now has good power and some of the best speed in the organization. He joined Willy Aybar and Reggie Abercrombie in putting on some spectacular shows during Wilmington's batting practices in 2001. Despite his size, Martinez runs the 60-yard dash in 6.4 seconds, enabling him to steal 54 bases in low Class A last year. But even with his quickness, he's no better than adequate as an outfielder and is limited to left field by his arm. He also needs to tighten his strike zone significantly so more advanced pitchers don't exploit his aggressiveness. The Dodgers believe Martinez is just beginning to tap into his abilities. He'll try to continue his progress in high Class A this year.