One of the interesting things about the Martin debate is that during the DD era, a lot os felt like the O’s players’ struck out too much and lacked plate discipline. Martin’s stats have been posted a number of times, but he seems to be what a lot of posters have wanted for years—a player with excellent plate discipline and good athleticism. Last year he had a .486 OBP with 40 walks and only 34 strikeouts.
Kiley McDaniel writes:
Martin's calling card is his plus-plus contact skills and plate discipline, which help him get to all of his solid average raw power in games, for 15-20 homers most years.
Eric Longerhagen writes:
He already had two traits that together make for a strong profile in that Martin is likely to play a premium position (though where exactly is up for debate, his arm was not great early in 2020 and he moved from 3B to CF) and has a plus-plus feel for the strike zone. He had more walks than strikeouts as a sophomore and started hitting for power late in that season, something his combination of selectivity and gorgeous, natural swing loft give him an excellent chance of doing in pro ball despite middling raw juice.
Keith Law also called Martin a plus runner with electric hands.
I’m certainly not saying he’s a sure thing and I’ve previously written that I won’t melt down if Gonzales is drafted, but it seems to me that this is the type of player a lot of people (myself included) have wanted on the O’s and I almost feel like the O’s would be overthinking it to go in a different direction (assuming Tork is drafted by Detroit, though I prefer Martin over Tork and will probably look incredibly stupid for saying that).
5.8 rWAR and 6.2 fWAR in 2018 is not "only above average".
He had an off year last year, worse than even his age 19 season on a per game basis, but he is still better than 50/50 to make the Hall. Shoo-in is a bit strong since injury or tragedy can strike anyone, but if he even has a few more seasons like 2013-18, he will be well on his way.
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My favorite Bullet by far, and they had some good ones. Nobody and I mean nobody could play defensive center like he could and his inbound passes to his guards were legendary.
He was built solid too, guys did not push him around while fighting for under the basket terrority.
He was a gentle and kind person, and not a diva in any shape or form.
Manny arguably was as good or better than typical Brooks in 2013. But Brooks was fabulous every year for a very long time. There’s really no comparison defensively over the longer haul. Though Manny’s arm is something to behold.