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Coming Soon... Victor Martinez

June 30, 2003
June 30, 2003

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June 30, 2003

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Coming Soon... Victor Martinez

The top prospect in the well-stocked Indians organization,
Martinez, a 24-year-old switch-hitting catcher, was the league
batting champ and MVP for Class A Kinston (N.C.) in 2001 and for
Double A Akron last year. The 6'2", 185-pound Venezuelan
struggled miserably early this season at Triple A Buffalo,
hitting .225 in the first 7 1/2 weeks, but now that he's learned
how to hit off-speed stuff, Martinez is again slicing up opposing
pitchers. Last Friday night he hit two home runs, and through
Sunday he had seven for the season and had raised his average to
.313.

This is an article from the June 30, 2003 issue Original Layout

With Cleveland getting little production from starting catcher
Josh Bard (.227, 16 RBIs through Sunday), Martinez, who hit .281
in a 12-game stint with the Indians last September, will be
called up soon. "Victor has been making a lot of progress
offensively," says Cleveland manager Eric Wedge. "At some point
in time we want to take a look at him. I don't have a specific
time frame, but sometime this summer." --A.C.

COLOR PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE BUFFALO BISONS (MARTINEZ)