Signed by Toronto for $3.5 million on July 2, Martinez received the second-largest bonus of any prospect in the 2018-19 class after ranking No. 6 on MLB Pipeline's list of the Top 30 international prospects. Some scouts who saw Martinez as an amateur in the Dominican Republic compared him to a young Adrian Beltre as a hard-hitting infielder with a good projectable body and a strong arm. While the odds are against Martinez having a Hall of Fame-caliber career like Beltre, he does have one of the higher offensive ceilings in the system.
Martinez is a good athlete and has across-the-board tools, though it's his potential from the right side of the plate that has club officials the most excited. Combining a rhythmic swing with plus bat speed, he impacts the ball to the big parts of the field with authority. He'll need to clean up his swing some in the coming years like any young hitter, but all the ingredients are there for Martinez to develop into an average hitter. His power, meanwhile, could play close to plus when all is said and done, as Martinez has considerable room to grow into his projectable frame.
Martinez has average speed but may lose a step or two over time as he fills out physically. It may also force him from shortstop to third base long-term, though Martinez has the tools and skills, including solid defensive actions, advanced body control and above-average arm strength, needed to profile at either position. Questions about his future defensive home aside, Martinez's bat may be good enough to offset any concerns about him moving down the defensive spectrum.
SS Orelvis Martinez assigned to GCL Blue Jays.
Toronto Blue Jays signed free agent SS Orelvis Martinez to a minor league contract.