College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 42 with Miami junior third baseman Harold Martinez. The Miami, Florida, native attended Braddock High School. He has an outstanding senior year where he hit .410 with eight homers and 27 RBI with him being named first-team all-county. He also had a strong junior season with a .500 average with three homers and 23 RBI. After his senior season, the Texas Rangers selected him in the 19th round but were not able to keep Harold away from Coral Gables as he went to play under legendary Hurricanes coach Jim Morris.
Martinez stepped right into the everyday lineup as a freshman in 2009 starting in all 60 games (46 at 3B, 13 at 1B, and 1 at DH). He ended up hitting .270 with nine homers while finishing second on the team with 47 RBI. Harold started off his college career hot as he hit .347 in his first 20 collegiate games. He played the summer of 2009 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Brewster Whitecaps. He had a tough summer adjusting to the wood bats as he hit .236 with four homer and 15 RBI in 39 games splitting time between first base and third.
Martinez was able to duplicate his good freshman season as a sophomore as he started 62 games. He finished the season with a .295 batting average with a team highs in homers (21) and RBI (69). His stats were slightly inflated with the fact he hit behind MLB first rounder Yasmani Grandal throughout the season who was a machine at getting on base with a walk or a hit. Harold took the summer off as he had surgery on one of his legs while working out in Coral Gables with the Miami Strength and Conditioning staff to become stronger.
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