Making this nomination more impressive is how little time Martin has played college baseball. While a sophomore, he missed all of his freshman season after developing stress fractures in his back.
“It was a really nice accomplishment for me,” Martin said. “I missed all of last year so I was extremely anxious about coming back. But I thought I handled it pretty well under those circumstances, and each game I played in was easier and easier, and started to feel more natural.”
In 12 spring training games in Florida, Martin had a batting average of .467, and a slugging percentage of .756. He tallied 21 hits, seven for extra bases, and scored 13 runs while batting in 14. In those 12 games, his team finished 8-3-1.
Though his baseball career has just begun, Martin’s grandfather, a former big-league player and baseball scout, believes that he will soon be receiving attention from professional ball clubs.
“The kid is a dream come true as an athlete,” Dagres said. “He roots for his team and doesn’t care about his individual stats. He’s just a really nice kid. He works out every day and doesn’t eat any fried food. The most impressive thing about him is that he is 6-foot-4-inches and runs a 60-yard dash in 6.7 seconds, which is tremendous for a guy his size. Most of the guys that size crawl to first base. He has all of the tools.”
But for Martin, the idea of baseball after Bowdoin remains a distant dream and goal.
“I know I’m playing at a Division-3 school and not D-1,” he said. “I hear it’s more common for D-1 kids to be drafted but there are Division 3 guys who get drafted, too. My goal is just to keep working as hard as I can and hopefully it all falls into place. It would certainly be really nice.”