Cleveland Indians: Five players to target in the Rule 5 Draft

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Cleveland Indians, Rule 5 Draft
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OF Orlando Martinez, Los Angeles Angels

While it would have been nice if the Angels would have left off Brandon Marsh, they instead leave off Orlando Martinez. At 22-years old, Martinez is a left-handed outfielder that is projected to debut at the major league level during the 2021 season.

The catch for Martinez is his experience level. The cancelation of the minor league season in 2020 really hurt his chances as he has only played at High-A. Granted, he spent the entire 2019 season there, but that also doesn’t look too great on a resume.

However, there is still potential for Martinez. Despite playing at High-A for all of 2019, he was able to demonstrate his ability to do a bit of everything. At the season’s end he was slashing .263/.325/.434 while also slugging 12 home runs, registering 21 doubles and swiping five bases. The one downside, he struck out 79 times over 88 games played, but he did draw 36 walks.

For Martinez, the experience is the main concern. While he’s played at the same levels as Baddoo and Gomez, he didn’t shine the way they did. For Baddoo, it was his speed. As for Gomez, his fielding. Martinez didn’t have one statistic that stood out like that, which could push him off the Indians’ board.

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