J. D. Martinez
|J. D. Martinez|
August 21, 1987 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 30, 2011 for the Houston Astros|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||126|
Martinez was drafted out of Flanagan High School in 2006 by the Minnesota Twins in the 36th round, 1086th overall, but he ended up going to college. He grew up a Florida Marlins Fan. Martinez went to Nova Southeastern University, where from 2007–2009, he was a two-time All-SSC baseball player. He was drafted after his junior year by the Houston Astros in 2009 in the 20th round, 611th overall. He was signed by Greg Brown who is now the head coach at NSU. He became the first player drafted out of Nova Southeastern University to debut in Major League baseball.
He started with the Rookie level Greeneville Astros, where he batted .403 before earning a promotion to Short-Season Tri-City. He started the 2010 season with Single-A Lexington, where he earned a mid-season promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi. He started the 2011 season with Corpus Christi before earning a promotion to the big leagues.n
On July 30, 2011, Martinez was called up to replace Hunter Pence, who was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. He became the first player drafted out of Nova Southeastern University to debut in Major League baseball.
On April 13, 2012, Martinez hit the first ever home run in the new Marlins Park. With a man on in the eighth, he deposited an Edward Mujica offering into the Clevelander bar beyond the left-field wall for a game-tying blast.
Martinez was outrighted off the Astros roster on November 20, 2013.
- J.D. Martinez Minor League Statistics & History - Baseball-Reference.com
- Powling, Joshua (2011-07-30). "J.D. Martinez On His Way To Houston". SB Nation. Retrieved 2011-07-30.
- "Hometown kid Martinez hits first ever Marlins Park homer". http://www.sun-sentinel.com.