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2020 MLB Draft Profile: Austin Martin

If Martin is still on the board for the Marlins at No. 3 (a huge “if”), this gifted hitter would be the obvious pick.

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Austin Martin 2020 MLB Draft Profile

Austin Martin is an infielder from Jacksonville, Florida and plays for the Vanderbilt Commodores. Martin is the highest-ranked middle infielder prospect of the 2020 MLB Draft, and in the eyes of many across the industry, he’s the top overall prospect regardless of position.

According to Perfect Game, Martin was a top 100 prospect in the Class of 2017. He was the 92nd-ranked prospect and the 18th-ranked infielder in the country. Martin honored his commitment to Vanderbilt after getting drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 37th round. Martin became an immediate impact player for the Commodores. Martin had a terrific career at Vanderbilt as he slashed .368/.474/.533 (1.007 OPS).

At 6’0” 185 pounds, Martin is one of the best pure hitters in this draft class. He rates above average in every tool, but his hit tool is his biggest strength.

Martin consistently makes hard contact and drives the ball to all fields. His strikeout rate in his collegiate career was 6.6%. Martin doesn’t possess big-time power, but he has 15-20 home run potential at the MLB level and drives the ball to both gaps.

On defense, Martin is a solid defender that can play all around the infield. He doesn’t have any experience at shortstop but many scouts believes he’s capable of being a solid defensive shortstop. He played a lot of second and third base during his time at Vanderbilt University.

Strengths

  • Makes contact
  • Drives ball to all fields
  • Doesn’t chase out of zone
  • Consistently makes hard contact
  • Showed some power in last two season at Vandy
  • High baseball IQ
  • Utility infielder

Weaknesses

  • No experience at SS

Pro Comparison: Dansby Swanson

Projection: Top 5 draft pick

Bottom Line

The Miami Marlins used their 2019 first-round pick on Vanderbilt outfielder JJ Bleday. One year later, Austin Martin could be the next Vanderbilt Commodores star to be drafted by the Fish. Martin’s hit tool is one of the best scouts have seen in the past five years. He makes hard contact, drives the ball to all fields and could be an above average power hitter at the next level. If Martin is available, I don’t see the Marlins passing up on him unless another collegiate bat is available.