Renae Martinez Scouting Report & Game Video

Position: Catcher
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 185 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Birthdate: April 15, 1994
Hometown: San Pedro, Calif.
School: University of Oklahoma
FV (20-80): 45 (Platoon Catcher)
MLB ETA: 2020

Dates Observed: June 29 – July 3, 2018

Team/Organization: Visalia Rawhide (Arizona Diamondbacks)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Up to High-A Visalia less than ten days ago to replace injured Daulton Varsho and split time with Dominic Miroglio behind the plate; had been hitting the ball well at Low-A Kane County; more designated hitter than catcher in my early look, unfortunately, but already making an impact in the Cal League with his bat … Stocky, thick build; muscular, strong through shoulders and on down to forearms and wrists; a little bit of sneaky pop in swing from physical strength. Hunched over at the plate with slightly open stance to start; wide-set feet at stance prevent big-time natural leverage, but great barrel control and ability to hit the ball to all fields with balance. Pitched inside a lot in my Visalia look here; proved immediately his hands were quick enough to get to the ball and stay inside; line drive machine to pull side when pitched there. Real line drive ability to all fields overall with good plate coverage and advanced understanding of the strike zone … Hustles hard out of the box; hard 90 up the line every time he puts the ball in play; intense guy who sets the tone every time with that. Timed 4.31 up the line from the RHH box and 4.66 on the turn; decent speed, particularly for a catcher, and tracks with where I had him last year (below) … Need to get a longer look at him behind the plate defensively later this summer, but recorded two early pop times: 1.99 to second base (accurate throw, but runner safe), and 1.77 to third (not a great example; bad pitched forced him to double clutch, runner safe) … Maybe a little early to make this call and need a longer look at him, but Renae Martinez is a player; right now, even considering he’s somewhat old for High-A, he’s a hell of a sleeper prospect that could quickly turn into a productive platoon catcher with some actual ability to develop his hit tool. Very intense, competitive kid who is quietly thriving through the day-to-day grind of pro ball right now; might be a fairly quick mover as far as under-the-radar prospects go; certainly taking advantage of opportunities with Varsho injury; more to come on him soon.

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Dates Observed: August 7-14, 2017

Team/Organization: AZL Diamondbacks (Arizona Diamondbacks)
League/Level: Arizona League (Rookie)
Scouting Notes: Old for the level; college draftee out of Oklahoma just getting his feet wet in pro ball, but too advanced for the kids in AZL. Bat will play; line drive stroke to all fields with barrel control and real understanding of the strike zone. Going to be a sneaky offensive threat; not a ton of over-the-fence pop or even necessarily outward production from doubles power, but takes good at-bats and barrels everything up with ability to hit to all fields/in all situations … Good overall ballplayer, hard nosed, hustler who plays the game hard; 4.32 up the line, OK foot speed for catcher, shows some athleticism … Renae Martinez made a strong first impression on me here; granted, it’s against kids in the AZL and so it must be tempered some before we know what he’s capable of in full-season leagues/against more age-appropriate competition, but there may be something here in Renae Martinez as a late-round, advanced, relatively high-floor major college product who could reach the big leagues as a backup/platoon catcher in a few years.

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