Fernando Martinez Joins The Redhawks: Reid Ryan Joins The Houston Astros As President

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Saturday May 18, 2013

Fernando Martinez clubbed a 2 Run HR in 1st game back with the Houston Astros this year.  Unfortunately, he took a monster dive in Averages right after his ensuing opener.  The 24 Year Old Man from the Dominican Republic, hit for a 3 Slash Line of .181/.229/.501 - after posting a .237/.300/.766 during his 2012 campaign with the big club - spanning 118 AB (6 HRs and 14 RBI).  Martinez went unclaimed and will report to

Fernando Martinez clubbed a 2 Run HR in 1st game back with the Houston Astros this year. Unfortunately, he took a monster dive in Averages right after his ensuing opener. The 24 Year Old Man from the Dominican Republic, hit for a 3 Slash Line of .181/.229/.501 – after posting a .237/.300/.766 during his 2012 campaign with the big club – spanning 118 AB (6 HRs and 14 RBI). Martinez went unclaimed this week, after being placed on waivers – and will report to Oklahoma.

By Brian Hamilton (Astros Correspondent visit the StrosBros Website here):

Week That Was For The Stros:

Fernando Martinez, whom the Astros acquired off waivers from the New York Mets in January 2012, will be joining the AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks.

He was designated for assignment by the Astros last week. Martinez did not have any options remaining, meaning that he would have to clear waivers and be placed on an MLB teams active roster in order for the Astros to lose him.

He went unclaimed and has been assigned to AAA.

Fernando Martinez 2 Run HR April.23

Martinez was a sixteen year old, amateur free agent signing of the New York Mets in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic. He quickly became a highly touted prospect who rose through the Mets minor league system. Martinez was ranked in the Top 100 prospects by Baseball America each year from 2007 – 2010. With his rise however, came injuries, specifically to his knee. His frequent DL stints and inconsistent play over the years led the Mets to release him.

Martinez was a sixteen year old, amateur free agent signing of the New York Mets in 2005 out of the Dominican Republic. He quickly became a highly touted prospect who rose through the Mets minor league system. Martinez was ranked in the Top 100 prospects byaseball America each year from ’07 – ’10. With his rise however, came injuries, specifically to his knee. His frequent DL stints and inconsistent play over the years led the Mets to release him.

Once considered a five tool prospect, at this point, Martinez is looking to salvage his career. He was also listed in the Biogenesis report a few months back as well.

Martinez was given an opportunity by the Astros and made the opening day squad two years in a row but his DL stints and inconsistent play continued.

Hopefully he’ll be able to turn the corner and put together a successful season.

Reid Ryan being introduced as the new team president on Friday, May.17th, 2013.  A lot of people speculated that the position might have drawn Ryan's father and former Hall Of Famer - Nolan to the helm of the post

Reid Ryan being introduced as the new team president on Friday, May.17th, 2013. A lot of people speculated that the position might have drawn Ryan’s father( and Hall Of Famer – Nolan) to man the post.

Since buying the team from former owner, Drayton McLane, owner, Jim Crane and President George Postolos made sweeping changes throughout the organization. Some were needed and some were questionable.

Whether or not Postolos resigned or was forced out is another story (as both are being reported), but the fact that Reid Ryan is now the Astros President is a breath of fresh air for a franchise that has struggled on the field for almost three years and has struggled off the field for the past year and a half.

Reid Ryan currently serves as the acting President for both the AA Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros affiliate) and the AAA Round Rock Express (Rangers affiliate and former Astros affiliate).

Clearly he will be resigning his post from both of those positions, but it also begs the question, will the Astros now look to bring back the Round Rock Express as their AAA affiliate? Ryan is a part owner of the franchise and the Astros contract with current AAA affiliate, Oklahoma City RedHawks, will expire at seasons end.

Ryan was a former bat boy for the Astros when he was a kid and has worked his way all the way up the ranks. At age 41, he will definitely be one of the youngest President’s in MLB.

I think one of the main questions Astros fans will be asking is, “Can he get a deal done with Comcast?” For now, let’s enjoy this hiring as it is definitely a good one and one for the long haul.

It was announced earlier today via twitter from several different people, that Reid Ryan, son of Hall of Famer and former Houston Astro, Nolan Ryan, will become the next President of the Astros. This, of course, follows the resignation of Geoge Postolos this past Monday from the same position. Ryan was introduced at a news conference at Minute Maid Park yesterday at 1 PM

It was announced earlier this week via twitter from several different people, that Reid Ryan, son of Hall of Famer and former Houston Astro, Nolan Ryan, will become the next President of the Astros. This, of course, follows the resignation of Geoge Postolos this past Monday from the same position. Ryan was introduced at a news conference at Minute Maid Park yesterday at 1 PM.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

The Unofficial Assistant GM of the Houston Astros. Brian is a die-hard, passionate Houston sports fan with an emphasis on the Astros. He follows the major league team as well as the minor league system.

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