Texas Rangers outfielder J.P. Martinez had a huge game on Monday for the Surprise Saguaros in Arizona Fall League action, registering a cycle while going 4 for 4 with a walk. Martinez completed the cycle in dramatic fashion, doubling with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to pick up the final leg.
Martinez, 22, was signed to a $2.7M bonus earlier in 2018 as an international free agent out of Cuba. He split the season between the Dominican Summer League and the Northwest League. Martinez is seen as a plus—plus runner who is a solid defensive center fielder, but who has some scouts questioning how well his hit tool will play at upper levels. Small but with some pop, as an amateur he prompted comparisons to Curtis Granderson, though that talk was tempered somewhat after his decent, but not great, performance with Spokane.
The other Ranger prospect to get into today’s game was righthanded reliever Joe Barlow, who struck out a batter in a scoreless inning of work.