Jason Martin Made MLB Debut on Saturday

Pirates number 11 prospect to start today in left field

Noah Hiles
April 06, 2019 - 1:45 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - After being called up to the major leagues on Friday, Pirates rookie outfielder Jason Martin will make his MLB debut on Saturday afternoon as he is in the lineup, batting first and playing in left field against the Cincinnati Reds. Martin, who came to the Pirates as a part of the return from Houston in the Gerrit Cole trade, was selected by the Astros in the eighth round of the 2013 draft. 

In his pregame meeting with the media, Bucs manager Clint Hurdle spoke about how he wanted to waste no time getting Martin involved with the big league club. 

“Right away,” said Hurdle, when asked about when Martin will see his first dose of playing time in the major leagues. “He will be the first hitter of the game for us. I thought he would be a good candidate and it will knock out any anxiety or excitement that he might have.”

In his first season within the Pirates organization, Martin hit .274 with 13 homeruns and 55 RBI in 127 games with the Altoona Curve (Double-A) and Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A) in 2018. The 23 year old brings an element of speed to the table, which makes him exciting to watch both in the field and on the bases. Last season, Martin reached a new minor league career high with triples (8). 

Martin entered this year ranked by MLB Pipeline as the Pirates 11 best prospect. With Gregory Polanco, Lonnie Chisenhall and now Corey Dickerson all on the injured list, Martin will provide Pittsburgh with some much needed outfield depth.