2011 Draft: Brandon Martin

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The draft is just four days away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some players individually rather than lump a few together in one post.

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Brandon Martin | SS

Background
Martin’s stock has risen quite a bit this spring after he bulked up over the winter and added some muscle to his frame. He attends Santiago High School in Corona, California and is committed to baseball powerhouse Oregon State.

Scouting Report
If there’s one thing this draft class lacks, it’s depth at the up-the-middle positions. Martin has flashed all five tools at shortstop, and projects to stay there long-term. He’s listed at 5-foot-11 and 160 lbs., but he’s a fast twitch athlete that runs well and offers plenty of range in the field. Martin’s defensive skills need work, but he’s capable of highlight reel plays and has the tools to be an above-average defender at short, including a strong and accurate arm. Swinging from the right side, Martin has quick and compact swing geared for contact with the potential for average power down the road. He’s aggressive, so the approach will need some refinement.

Miscellany
The Yankees were reported to be “heavily in” on Martin a few weeks ago, so there’s some level of interest here. He’s a bit of a long-term project as a high school shortstop, but the potential is there for him to be better than average on both sides of the ball, though not necessarily a star. Given the state of the shortstop position around the game today, better than average is basically star caliber. Keith Law and Baseball America ranked him as the 54th and 65th best prospect in their latest rankings, indicating that he’s more of a supplemental first/second round player.

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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    http://rise.espn.go.com/Assets.....bdbf_2.jpg

    Is it just me, or does he look a little bit like Terrelle Pryor?

    (Obviously not in height/build, just facially.)

    • Rick in Boston

      I see it.

    • CP

      His car isn’t as nice.

      • Rick in Boston

        Which one?

  • JobaWockeeZ

    Meh I’d rather stick with Culver who has the better defense and the mediocre bat having a chance to be somewhat good.

    I want the BPA hard to sign guys at 51 to salvage the loss of the pick.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      First rule in government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price?

    • S

      hedge your bets, and if both work out move one to 3rd base, then you won’t have to worry about many dinky groundball singles slipping by because you’ll have two plus defenders.

      but if there’s a top talent that fell because money pull that trigger, only if its pitching though because the Yankee system really lacks infield prospects (Culver seems to be the only really the only legit SS in that farm)

  • Gonzo

    …after he bulked up over the winter and added some muscle to his frame.

    There goes his Hall of Fame chances.