Future Watch: Austin Martin Baseball Cards, Toronto Blue Jays

Future Watch: Austin Martin Baseball Cards, Toronto Blue Jays – Austin Martin was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays with the fifth overall pick in the 2020 MLB Amateur Draft. This shortstop is currently ranked second on the team’s top 30 prospect list and 16th overall on the 2020 MLB top 100 prospects list as ranked by MLB.com.

Martin was a star for the 15U United States national baseball team, and he played his high school baseball for Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida.

Martin decided to attend Vanderbilt University. As a freshman in 2018, this prospect played in 58 games while playing six different positions! He led off the season with a home run. In mid-April, Martin was voted the SEC Freshman of the Week when he was hitting .462. Martin led the SEC with 22 steals and led his team with a .308 batting average. He had a hit in 47 of his 58 games and finished the season with a 10-game hitting streak. In the playoff, Martin hit .385 with five runs scored at the NCAA Tournament.

Martin is known as a pure hitter with an effortless right-handed stroke. His ability to hit to all fields and the fact that this player busts it out of the box makes him a natural leadoff hitter.

In his sophomore season, in 2019, Vanderbilt had him playing mostly at third base. Opening the season with a .512 batting average was eye-opening. He had four, four-hit games and 34 multi-hit games. Martin hit .392 and led his team into the College World Series against Mississippi State. He hit .410 and was the 53rd player to record a multi-homer game in the tournament’s history. Vanderbilt won the series, and Martin was voted to the All-Tournament Team. After the season ended, Martin played for the U.S. National Collegiate Team.

Check out highlights from Martin’s NCAA career:

In 2020 Martin’s junior season was cut short due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The talented infielder played in 16 games hitting .377 with three home runs and 11 RBI.

After the draft, the fifth overall pick was invited to attend the Blue Jays training camp when baseball returned to play. On July 19th, Martin reported to the Blue Jays alternate training site, so he could continue to practice with the other players rather than not playing at all.

Collectors can find Austin Martin cards in 2020 Bowman Draft, as well as several prospect sets from Panini, Leaf and Onyx.

Martin is at least a few seasons away from making his major league debut for the Blue Jays. It’s good that he’s played multiple positions because that may be the only way he can get into the everyday lineup to start. Versatility is a tool to shoehorn your way into games, and that’s when a talented player like this can shine. He’s an exceptional hitter. Collectors should put him on a priority list. He’s a can’t-miss prospect, we will all see that down the road.

Future Watch: Austin Martin Baseball Cards, Toronto Blue Jays – Stats

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2018 19 -1.7 Vanderbilt SEC NCAA   59 273 222 44 75 14 0 1 19 22 8 35 46 .338 .452 .414 .866 92 2 12 3 1  
2019 20 -0.8 Vanderbilt SEC NCAA   65 323 268 87 105 19 4 10 46 18 5 40 34 .392 .486 .604 1.091 162 6 12 0 3  
2020 21 0.1 Vanderbilt SEC NCAA   16 69 53 15 20 6 0 3 11 3 1 10 2 .377 .507 .660 1.168 35 0 5 0 1  
All Levels (3 Seasons)       140 665 543 146 200 39 4 14 76 43 14 85 82 .368 .474 .532 1.007 289 8 29 3 5  
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/13/2021.

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