3B,CF - MIN - MiLB
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Twins view newly acquired INF/OF Austin Martin as a center fielder for now.
Martin, the No. 5 overall pick from the 2020 draft, was acquired in the Jose Berrios trade last Friday. He has been playing both shortstop and center field at Double-A this year, but Minnesota will stick with the outfield repetitions for now. Rosenthal adds that the club is focused on improving his arm strength, which is considered below average.
The Minnesota Twins acquired prospects Austin Martin and Simeon Woods-Richardson in exchange for Jose Berrios on Friday.
Martin was the Jays' first-round pick in 2020. He came out of Vanderbilt with a strong hit tool and was given an aggressive assignment in Double-A. Unfortunately, his power has been very limited, and the SS/OF has been limited to two homers on the season. Still, this is a nice return for Berrios. Twins fans should be excited.
Blue Jays prospect SS/OF Austin Martin went 3-for-4 with a run scored in Tuesday's game for Double-A New Hampshire.
Martin has been off to a slow start this season, so it's nice to see him have a game like this. He's splitting time between shortstop and outfield right now, which should give him an additional path to the majors once that time comes. Martin was just drafted in 2020, so it's unlikely he's up this season. Toronto will want to see him improve on his .273/.379/.364 triple slash line before considering a promotion to Tripe-A by the end of the year.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo says top prospect Austin Martin could see some outfield reps this spring.
Montoyo added that Martin will start taking some fly balls in the coming days. The No. 5 overall pick from the 2020 draft, Martin played third base in college but was drafted as a shortstop. The Blue Jays have a plethora of position-player talent in the big leagues already so it makes sense for Martin to try his hand at different positions. His bat should progress quickly through the minors.
Austin Martin is getting his initial defensive reps at third base, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
The No. 5 overall pick in the amateur draft, Martin will be moved around, with second base and the outfield in the picture, but his first steps are coming at the hot corner. Martin will unlikely make the team this summer but has a good future and should be stashed in dynasty format fantasy leagues.