School: Florida; Class: Junior
Position: SS; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-0; Weight: 185
Previously Drafted: Seattle Mariners, 38th round, 2012
Background: Like UCLA ace right-hander James Kaprielian, Martin, the Gators’ starting shortstop for much of his time in college, was tabbed by the Seattle Mariners in the late, late round of the 2012. The 6-foot, 185-pound middle infielder strung together a solid three-year run in the SEC, posting a .285/.374/.373 triple-slash line with 25 doubles, seven triples, five homeruns, and 43 stolen bases.
Martin had a stellar debut with Florida in 2013, hitting .300/.366/.341, but saw his production decline the following season – .266/.357/.340 – as his BABIP dropped more than 50 points. Despite the downturn he earned an invite to play for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League last season where he subsequently paced the circuit in average, hitting a robust .364 against some of the best amateur talent in the country.
This season Martin’s more or less maintained status quo with the Gators: .296/.400/.437 with nine doubles, four triples, four homeruns, and 18 stolen bases.
Projection: Lacking a true standout tool, Martin profiles best as a backup middle infielder option. Outside of his 43-game stretch with Bourne last summer, he’s never really dominated at any point over the past three-plus years. Average hit tool, a little bit of quickness, very, very little, pop, and with a decent idea at the plate.
Ceiling: 1.0-win player
Floor: Replacement Level
Risk: Low to Moderate
Grade: Second/Third Round
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