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Top Austin Martin News

  • Twins' Austin Martin: Working with infielders

    Martin is not moving to a full-time outfield role, manager Rocco Baldelli told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Martin has only worked as an infielder at the start of camp, but the Twins plan to play him in the outfield this spring as well.

    Martin didn't make his Triple-A debut until July 3 after missing the first three months of the season while recovering from a UCL sprain in his elbow. He put up a decent, if unspectacular, .791 OPS with six homers and 16 steals over 59 games for Triple-A St. Paul. Martin could be a candidate to be a reserve center field option to begin the season if the Twins don't sign a veteran. However, this news could be seen as Minnesota not looking at him as a viable option in the outfield in the near term, though position flexibility could provide him multiple paths to reach the majors this season. He'll likely begin the season at Triple-A.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Nabs spot on 40-man

    The Twins selected Martin to their 40-man roster Tuesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

    Martin was acquired from the Blue Jays in 2021 as part of the Jose Berrios trade. He missed a lot of time in 2023 due to a UCL sprain in his right elbow, but the defensively versatile 24-year-old put up a decent .791 OPS with six homers and 16 steals over 59 games for Triple-A St. Paul following his return to action in June.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Heating up at Triple-A

    Martin went 2-for-4 with a stolen base Friday for Triple-A St. Paul. He's hitting .324 with an .848 OPS and nine stolen bases at Triple-A since July 14.

    Martin didn't make his Triple-A debut until July 3 after missing the first three months of the season while recovering from a UCL sprain in his elbow. He's heating up at the plate after a slow start and is putting himself in contention for a September call-up.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Moves past foot injury

    Martin (foot) returned to Triple-A St. Paul's lineup Friday and started in each of the team's last three games, going 5-for-12 with a home run, a stolen base, three runs and two RBI.

    Martin was removed from St. Paul's game against Toledo last Tuesday due to a foot injury, but he needed just two days off to heal up before returning to action for the final three contests of the series. The 24-year-old has struggled to stay on the field thus far in 2023, as he didn't make his Triple-A debut until July 3 after missing the first three months of the season while recovering from a UCL sprain in his elbow. Over 19 games with St. Paul, Martin is slashing .217/.295/.304 with one home run and three stolen bases across 79 plate appearances.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Exits with apparent foot injury

    Martin left Tuesday's game for Triple-A St. Paul in the fifth inning with an apparent foot injury, TwinsDaily.com reports.

    Martin returned in early July after he was sidelined since spring training with a sprained ligament in his right elbow. He was off to a slow start at Triple-A, hitting just .175 with a .501 OPS in 16 games.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Returns from elbow injury

    Martin (elbow) has been activated from the 7-day injured list at Triple-A St. Paul. He went 0-3 with a walk in Monday's game.

    Martin played second base Monday but also played in the outfield during his rehab. Martin had been on the shelf since sustaining a sprained ligament in his right elbow during spring training.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Starting rehab assignment

    Martin (elbow) is beginning a rehab assignment with the Florida Complex League Twins on Monday, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

    Martin has been on the shelf since sustaining a sprained ligament in his right elbow during spring training. The 24-year-old should eventually be assigned to Triple-A St. Paul once the Twins feel he's ready.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Placed on IL at Triple-A

    Martin (elbow) has been placed on the 7-day injured list to begin the season at Triple-A St. Paul.

    Martin suffered a UCL sprain in his right elbow in spring training and it's not clear how long he'll be sidelined. Martin largely underwhelmed at Double-A Wichita last year but picked things up late in the season and ended up hitting .235 with two homers, 57 runs, 32 RBI and 34 stolen bases over 90 games.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Shut down with UCL sprain

    Martin has been shut down from throwing and hitting due to a UCL sprain in his right elbow, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

    Martin largely underwhelmed at Double-A Wichita last year but picked things up late in the season and ended up hitting .235 with two homers, 57 runs, 32 RBI and 34 stolen bases over 90 games. It's not yet clear how long his shutdown will last, but he'll be in line for a significant absence if he requires Tommy John surgery.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Having strong AFL campaign

    Martin is hitting .380 with a .971 OPS, a home run and 10 stolen bases in 19 games in the Arizona Fall League.

    The fifth overall pick in 2020 by Toronto was the key return in the Jose Berrios trade and seen by many as one of the top hitting prospects in the majors when traded to the Twins in 2021. However, he took huge step back in 2022 as he hit just .235/.362/.304 at Double-A. His struggles may have been due to an injury, as he missed five weeks in July and August due to a torn UCL in his left (non-throwing) elbow, per MLB.com. However, he was struggling even before the injury, especially to produce power. He did have 34 stolen bases, which could make him a fantasy asset with even modest power. Martin has strong on-base skills (12.3 percent walk rate), so his AFL performance could prove his 2022 season was an aberration.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Reinstated from injured list

    Double-A Wichita reinstated Martin (wrist) from its 7-day injured list Wednesday, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports.

    Martin sustained a wrist injury while diving for a ball at the beginning of July, but he recently appeared in two rehab games with the Twins' rookie-level Florida Complex League affiliate and went 2-for-8 with a double, three RBI, a run, a stolen base, two walks and a strikeout. The 23-year-old has a strong .371 on-base percentage at Wichita this year, but his .296 slugging percentage leaves something to be desired.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Injury not season-ending

    Martin still lacks an official diagnosis for his wrist injury, but it's not thought to be a season-ending issue, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

    Martin suffered the injury, which was originally reported as an elbow issue, when diving for a ball back on July 1. He doesn't have a clear return date, but president of baseball operations Derek Falvey called it a medium-term issue Saturday. Prior to the injury, Martin had made plenty of contact and showed good control of the zone but hit for very little power. He walked 12.4 percent of the time while posting a 14.1 percent strikeout rate but homered just once in 63 games.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Out with elbow injury

    Martin was placed on the 7-day injured list Wednesday at Double-A Wichita after hurting his left elbow diving for a ball, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Martin entered the season as one of Minnesota's top prospects, but he's been underwhelming by hitting .240/.371/.296 with one home run and 22 stolen bases. Martin's elbow injury isn't expected to be a long-term issue.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Struggling with bat

    Martin has gone just 10-for-48 (.208) with one extra-base hit (a double), two steals and a 5:14 BB:K over his last 16 games for Double-A Wichita. He's slashing .247/.371/.316 with one homer and 22 steals on the season.

    The good news for Martin is that he's drawing walks at a solid clip and limiting his strikeouts while running surprisingly effectively. The bad news, of course, is that he's hitting the ball with precious little authority. Even while he's warmed up a bit lately, posting a five-game hitting streak, it's been all singles. Widely considered the best pure hitter in the 2020 draft class, Martin hasn't really lived up to that billing yet in the pros. Considering that he's a college bat who's now 23 years old, the clock is ticking for him to start performing up to expectations. If he doesn't turn things around this season, his prospect status will take a major hit.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Heating up in May

    Martin went 2-for-6 with a home run and stolen base in a doubleheader Sunday for Double-A Wichita. He's hitting .242 with a .713 OPS with 14 stolen bases. Martin was off to a slow start but is hitting .263 with an .865 OPS with a home run in May.

    He's displaying his usual strong command of the strike zone with a 13.6% walk rate and 13.7% strikeout rate. His 13 steals are a bit of a surprise. He's been seen as an above-average runner (14-for-18 on stolen-base attempts in 93 games last season), but it may become a bigger part of his game.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Sent to minor-league camp

    Martin was reassigned to minor-league camp Saturday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Martin served as a non-roster invitee early in spring training, and he went 3-for-9 with a homer, four runs, two walks and five strikeouts across five Grapefruit League appearances. The 23-year-old finished the 2021 season at Double-A Wichita after being traded to Minnesota at the deadline, and he'll likely begin the 2022 campaign in Wichita or at Triple-A St. Paul.

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  • Twins' Austin Martin: Ends regular season hot

    Martin posted a modest .254/.399/.381 line for Double-A Wichita after being traded to Minnesota at the deadline, but he finished the regular season on a hot streak, hitting .298/.406/.456 with two homers, three steals and a 9:7 BB:K over his final 16 games.

    All in all, for a guy who's widely considered to be among the best prospects in baseball, this wasn't a great season for Martin, who managed to hit just five home runs and go 14-for-18 on stolen bases across 93 games. That said, he did post a strong 60:83 BB:K, and he made contact at a higher rate following the trade. There was never a question about his approach at the plate, and he stands a good chance of hitting for average in the majors while offering some speed as well. His ultimate power output remains a major question mark, though, and that can't help but drag down his fantasy value.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 185 lbs
Birthplace: Deland, FL
Age: 24
School: Vanderbilt
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R