FORMER CU CATCHER LUIS MARTINEZ
PORTLAND, ORE -- Former Cumberland University catcher Luis Martinez made the big jump to Class-AAA baseball last week -- and did so in a big way.
Martinez, a native of Miami, FL and an All-TranSouth Conference player for the Bulldogs in 2007, made his debut Sunday, June 21 with the Portland Beavers, the Class-AAA affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
Martinez went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored as the Beavers scored five times in the top of the ninth to win 10-9 at Cashman Field against the Las Ve- gas 51’s.
Martinez was selected in the 12th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres.
In 2007 he hit .278 with 20 hits in 72 at bats for the Rookie League Eugene Emeralds. In 21 games he had seven doubles, a homer, nine runs scored and 11 RBIs. He drew 19 walks compared to 22 strikeouts. Martinez threw out 5-of-18 baserunners attempting to steal.
Later in 2007, he was promoted to the Class A Fort Wayne Wizards where he hit .231 with 18 hits in 78 at bats. In 24 games he collected three doubles, a homer, six RBIs and 12 runs scored. He drew eight walks compared to 23 strikeouts.
In 2008, Martinez played the entire season with Fort Wayne, batting .299 against left-handed pitching compared to .176 vs. righties. He closed the season strong, batting .292 (19-for-65) with two doubles and five RBI in 18 August games.
Martinez finished his final season at Cumberland with a .370 batting average with 85 hits, 13 HR’s, 16 doubles and 63 RBIs.