NSU Alum J.D. Martinez Makes MLB Debut for Astros
Nova Southeastern alumnus J.D. Martinez has been called up to play for Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros, as announced by the organization last Friday evening.
Martinez, the 2010 Astros Minor League Player of the Year, has been proving his worth while playing at Double-A Corpus Christi this season. Before being called up, Martinez was hitting .340 with 13 home runs, 25 doubles and 71 RBI over 87 games. Martinez has improved as the season has progressed, hitting .389 in more than 90 at bats in the month of July.
Martinez has been a steady force in the Astros’ farm system after being selected in the 20th round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Currently in his third professional season, he has exceeded expectations at every level. While playing for Single-A Lexington, Martinez hit .362 with 15 home runs en route to a South Atlantic League Most Valuable Player award.
The Astros made room for Martinez on their roster when they traded All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies. Martinez started in the Corpus Christi Hooks’ game against the Midland Rockhounds the evening before his MLB debut. After two at bats in the contest, Martinez was pulled from the game in the third inning and alerted that he had been called up.