Martin Signs with Indians
Becomes Eighth MT Player with MLB OrganizationJuly 18, 2006 · Jo Jo Freeman
Martin signed with the Railcats in June but did not begin playing for the team in the Northern League until July 5 because of illness. He played in just five games for Gary before becoming Middle Tennessee's eighth player affiliated with a Major League Baseball team.
The Cookeville, Tenn., native batted .377 with a team-leading 15 home runs and added 60 RBIs in 2006, splitting time between centerfield, first base and designated hitter. Martin played in all but four games, scoring 44 runs with 13 doubles and 35 walks.
He was a Third Team All-American in 2005 after batting .412 in 46 contests with 13 doubles, eight home runs and 31 RBIs despite knee and elbow injuries. The Cookeville High School product also scored 39 runs and walked 32 times.
Martin's .392 career batting average is the best in Blue Raider history, and his .668 career slugging percentage ranks second behind only Bryan Peck (1999-00).
"When they didn't call my name during the draft, it was a little upsetting," Martin said. "Then I wasn't able to sign a free agent contract right away so I played independent ball.
"It was unexpected to get a call from a Major League team this quickly. I'm very excited and glad to have this opportunity."
Martin said the Indians were the team that showed the most interest throughout the season and heading into the draft.
"The Indians had the most interest and their scout, Scott Barnes, kept trying and fighting to get me a place in their organization. He called last week and said they had a spot."
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