We continue preparing for the San Diego Padres 2020 MLB Draft by looking at one of the best all-around players in college baseball.
As the San Diego Padres take the field for Spring Training next weekend, college baseball teams will hit the field playing actual games.
If you’re a college baseball nut like I am, this is the most exciting time of the season. Major League Baseball teams are getting into gear, and you get a look at the future with college baseball having the stage all to itself for a month-and-a-half.
This is the third player I have previewed for the upcoming 2020 MLB Draft. If you’ve missed any of our 2020 MLB Draft coverage, please check it out here.
Now that I’ve really buried the lead on this one, today we’ll be focusing on Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin.
He was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 37th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, but elected to go the college route.
As a freshman in 2018 he hit .338/.452 with 44 runs scored, 14 doubles, 1 home run, 19 RBI, and 22 stolen bases in 59 games and 222 at-bats.
Martin was named a Freshman All-American by just about every major media outlet.
This past season he really broke out and helped lead Vanderbilt to a College World Series championship by hitting .387/.478 with 82 runs scored, 19 doubles, 3 triples, 10 home runs, 46 RBI, and 18 stolen bases in 63 games and 261 at-bats.
Those numbers were good enough to make him a First Team All-American by both D1Baseball.com and Baseball America.
And now he enters the 2020 season as a First Team Preseason All-American by every major outlet.