Born in the Dominican Republic, Jesus Fernando Martinez Alvarez is a professional baseball player who plays as an outfielder. Martinez was signed by the New York Mets as a 16-year old, with a signing bonus of $1.4 million. Beginning with the Gulf Coast League, Martinez demonstrated the skill and talent that got him picked at such an early age and within the year, had moved up from the Rookie League to the Advanced A-League, playing for the St. Lucie Mets.
His batting average of .258 in the Rookie League went up to .328 in the A-Division but the outing at the Advanced A-League wasn’t so good. He returned to the Gulf Coast Mets at the start of the new season in 2007, moving up to the Binghampton Mets in the AA-League after shifting to centerfield.
In 2008, Martinez had a similar season, starting in the Gulf Coast league and moving up to Binghampton, all the while improving his batting average quite steadily. In 2009, he moved to the Buffalo Bisons, in the AAA-League, where he batted at .290 while hitting 8 home runs and 28 RBI on his way to receiving a call-up to the MLB roster. After being named as the number one prospect in the Mets’ organization in 2007 & 2008, Martinez finally managed to break through.
Martinez continues to be a part of the MLB roster in 2010 after a stellar Spring Training performance.