LA Angels: Halos prospect Orlando Martinez hits 3 home runs in one game (video)
By Alfonso Cerna
Angels No.17 prospect Orlando Martinez quadrupled his minor-league season hit total in one night, including three home runs on Friday against the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Martinez came into the matchup just 1-for-11 with one RBI in his first three games with the Halos’ Double-A affiliate.
Angels No.17 prospect Orlando Martinez homered three times in one game.
Here’s a look at the home runs from Martinez in order:
Martinez would finish his night 4-for-6 with six RBIs en route to a 12-10 victory for the Trash Pandas.
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A 23-year-old native of Cuba, Martinez joined the Angels in August 2017. As an amateur, the outfielder hit over .400 as a member of Cuba’s 18U national team and won the league’s batting title in 2016. That same season he only trailed current White Sox outfielder Luis Robert in slugging percentage.
MLB Pipeline describes Martinez as a player with a ‘high floor’ and has the makings of a fourth outfielder type. He can play all three outfield spots and is considered to have ‘clean and efficient’ routes.
At the plate they describe Martinez as a prospect with a smooth left-handed swing with a solid overall approach.
As a member of the Inland Empire 66ers in 2019, Martinez slashed .263/.325/.434 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs in 422 plate appearances. He also drew 36 walks while striking out 79 times in that season with the Halos Single-A affiliate.
The future of the Halos outfield is considered to be some mix of Jo Adell, No.1 prospect Brandon Marsh, and No.3 Jordyn Adams. However that doesn’t mean that plan is set in stone. If a prospect like Martinez continues to produce at a high level, he’ll quickly rise through the Angels’ pipeline.
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There’s a ways to go, but that could mean they consider Martinez for a future outfield spot in Anaheim, or he increases his trade value. It also means the other top prospects could be expendable as trade bait should the Angels be buyers at the trade deadline.