FULLERTON, Calif. — Jeremy Martinez says he was fortunate to be one of only two juniors to travel to Colombia as a member of USA Baseball’s Under 18 National Team last summer. The experience opened his eyes to the caliber of players that are competing in the United States and across the globe.
The 5-foot-11, 195-pound catcher from Mater Dei HS in Santa Ana, Calif. has a short, quick swing and is patient at the plate, displaying his selective strike zone and disciplined approach.
Martinez is a strong defensive catcher that has a lot of experience catching top-notch pitching. He has committed to USC, but was ranked as the top 2013 player in ESPN’s Top 60, grading out with a 94 of 100.
SAN DIEGO — College baseball recruiting is a fickle mistress for coaches and fans alike. Unlike when football and basketball recruits sign a National Letter of Intent, the recruitment doesn’t end. The decision-making process isn’t over for the athlete because players still have the opportunity to sign professionally.
Recruiting rankings mean nothing until players actually arrive on campus and suit up on the field. But that doesn’t mean fans can’t get excited about the prospect of players that have committed. The University of Southern California fans should have a tempered excitement as they hope that the 2013 class makes it campus.
The stars of USC’s potentially dynamic class were on display Sunday night at Petco Park during the Perfect Game All-American Classic. The foursome of Trojan commits (JP Crawford, Dominic Smith, Jeremy Martinez and Rowdy Tellez) combined for five hits, five RBI, two runs and three stolen bases to help spur the West.
After Martinez tied the score early with an RBI single, Smith and Tellez highlighted the West squad’s six-run rally in the sixth and seventh innings. Tellez’s two-run triple in the seventh inning put the West ahead for good.
SAN DIEGO — Ryan Boldt didn’t have much to say Sunday night when San Diego Padre great Trevor Hoffman presented him with the 2012 Perfect Game All-American Classic MVP Award. It didn’t matter; his play had already said plenty.
The lanky 6-foot-1 centerfielder from Red Wing, Minnesota finished 2-for-3 with a triple to help the West squad secure a come-from-behind 7-6 victory at Petco Park Sunday night.
Boldt showed off his wheels roaming the spacious Petco outfield and when he slid into third base (pictured above) with an easy triple on a smash down the left field line.
“I try to use my speed as much as I can,” the Nebraska commit said. “I just try to put the ball in play and run as much as I can.” Continue reading