Future Watch: Richie Martin Baseball Rookie Cards, A’s – Richie Martin was a first round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft as the 20th overall pick by the Oakland A’s. This talented shortstop showed off some power and speed in Short A this past season making A’s fans think with a little bit of luck this is the guy who can be an everyday shortstop for the next decade or so.
At 5′-11″, 190lbs the Detroit, Michigan native was originally drafted in 2012 by the Seattle Mariners but he didn’t sign and went and played for the University of Florida instead. As a junior he hit .291 with a .399 on-base percentage. His grandfather, Walter, played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues having Jackie Robinson and Satchel Paige as teammates. The youngster’s idol is Derek Jeter and his blend of speed and field prowess is tailor made for the position.
Richie Martin’s first MLB licensed autographed baseball card debuted with the release of 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball, card number BCA-RM.
Here’s a look at Martin taking some swings in the cage:
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
Martin was just decent offensively in three college seasons at Florida, though he did finish second in Cape Cod League batting race with a .364 average in 2014. He controls the strike zone reasonably well and has plus speed, so he might into the No. 2 slot in a big league batting order. He has modest power but won’t get the bat knocked out of his hands. ETA 2018.
Martin is expected to quickly move up the ladder in the minors. He will continue to improve and in a few years collectors will get to see his wares on the biggest stage.