by John Vittas and Jon Lewis
Ht: 5’11” Wt: 215 Year: Jr. Bats / Throws: R / R
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY (Grand Street Campus)
AB: 237 Slash Line: .342 / .441 / .502 HR: 7 RBI: 45 K-Rate: 11%
Pros: receiving, hit tool, tons of intangibles
Cons: throwing out runners, body type
Vittas: You throw out the tools with Martir – the guy is a winner. He steals signs from opponents regularly and knows how to get the best out of his teammates. The Maryland coaching staff has entrusted him to call pitches fairly often, which is a rarity in college baseball. Martir has been the vocal leader of back-to-back Regional Championship teams and reached base in all eight plate appearances when his team was facing elimination this year. Aside from the winning mentality and sky-high baseball IQ, Martir is a superb catcher and polished hitter. He led Maryland in hitting, batting .342 with an OPS of .943. Coaches called him the best receiver they’ve ever seen and he blocks well. So why isn’t he a top-5 rounder? There are two concerns that have made scouts apprehensive. The first is the body type – Martir is 5’11”, 215. The second is the arm. While his mechanics are solid, he has struggled throwing out runners and some scouts question whether he’ll be able to remain at the position at the next level. Personally, I never bet against a guy like Martir. He could be a major steal if he drops out of the top-10 rounds.
MLB Comparison: Welington Castillo
Lewis: Kevin Martir is the consummate field general. He has served as the unquestioned captain of this Terps squad the past two seasons. His innate leadership skills are extremely impressive for a college kid. On the field, Martir has been the epitome of consistent and clutch. Offensively, Martir has a ton of raw power, as seen by his seven home runs, including a moonshot at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland. Depite his power display, he manages to to keep his swing short and squares up a ton of baseballs. He has the ability to go the opposite way fairly naturally which has been a big reason for his impressive average. Martir has great hands behind the dish, receives the ball well and does a great job framing pitches. He also is extremely effective at blocking balls in the dirt. While his arm has worn down this season, he has good footwork and better lateral quickness than you would think. A team that values leadership and an offensive-minded catcher could pick up Martir in the first 15 rounds.
20/80 Scale (50 Is Big League Average)
Hit: 50 Power: 50 Run: 40 Field: 50 Arm: 40 Overall: 45
Range: Rounds 8-20
Learn more about Martir’s Brooklyn background, and how he and childhood friend Jose Cuas overcame the streets one of New York City’s toughest neighborhood: VIDEO
* John Vittas has been the play-by-play voice of the Maryland Terrapins and has called close to 100 games over the past four seasons.
* Jon Lewis is a former college baseball player and provided live analysis on Vittas’ broadcasts. He is pursuing a career in professional scouting.
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