Richie Martin

Position: SS
Level: MLB
Affiliate: Baltimore Orioles
League: MLB
Born: 12/22/1994 (Age: 28)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 192
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 1st Rd., (#20 overall), 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (OAK); 2018 Rule 5 Draft Pick (BAL)

Prospect Spotlight

Somewhat surprisingly, Martin—Oakland’s first-rounder in 2015—was left off the team’s 40-Man Roster this November, even on the heels of a strong season at Double-A. He was an obvious Rule 5 Draft candidate, going with the first pick of the Major League Phase to Baltimore. He now will get the chance to audition for a big league job this spring with the O’s.

Martin is a slick-fielding shortstop who has been known for his glove since his amateur days at Florida. He’s an above-average defender who has the versatility to play all over the infield. How much Martin would hit has been the bigger question for a few years, though a career-best .308/.368/.439 line in the Texas League gives hope his bat is on the upswing. In the absolute best-case scenario, Baltimore catches lightning in a bottle and Martin winds up a low-end regular. More realistically, he finishes a glove-first utility player who can spot-start all over the infield. He’s the type of Rule 5 player that can actually stick on a Major League roster for a full season.