Jason Arthur Martin...wife’s name is Nalecia…played baseball and football at Orange (CA) Lutheran High School (graduated 2013)…MLB pitchers Gerrit Cole and Brandon Maurer also graduated from Orange Lutheran…committed to play college baseball at Long Beach State before signing with the Astros.
Appeared in 58 games with the Texas Rangers across four stints and played in 39 games for Triple-A Round Rock…signed with the Texas Rangers as a free agent in the off season... With the Rangers, batted .208 (30-for-144) with a .248 on-base percentage and .354 slugging percentage…tallied three doubles, six home runs and 17 RBI, all Major League career-highs... Blasted his first big league home run on June 12 at Dodger Stadium with a shot to right-center field off Andy Burns... Swung the bat well on the road, averaging .218 (17-for-78) with 11 RBI compared to a .197 average (13-for-66) with six RBI during home games... In 39 games with Triple-A Round Rock, he batted .248/.388/.543 with four doubles, two triples, ten home runs, and 27 RBI… played 15 games in left field (14 GS), 11 games in center field (11 GS) and nine games in right field (8 GS) Boosted his numbers after the All-Star break, batting .228/.248/.406 with five home runs and 13 RBI compared to a .163/.250/.233 slashline with one homer and four RBI before the Midsummer Classic…hit right-handed pitching well in the Majors, batting .243 (26-for-107) in 47 games with six home runs and 17 RBI…was a consistent bat with runners in scoring position, tallying a .226 average (7-for-31)… was even-keeled against both starting pitching and relief pitching, slashing .210/.235/.346 with three home runs and nine RBI vs. .206/.265/.365 with three home runs and eight RBI respectively…
Appeared in seven games with PIT over four different stints (7/24-26; 8/28-31; 9/6-14; 9/18) with three starts in CF…was hitless in nine at bats after singling in final AB with PIT in 2019 (6/23 vs. SD)…scored winning run as a PR in walk-off victory, 9/8 vs. CWS…spent the majority of season at the Pirates’ Alternate Training Site…was placed on the 10-day injured list on 9/21 with an upper back strain…was outrighted off PIT’s 40-man roster on 10/30 and became a free agent on 11/2.
Was set to begin the season with Indianapolis, but was recalled by the Pirates prior to the first Triple-A game on 4/5...Made his Major League debut as the leadoff batter and starter in left field on 4/6 vs. Cincinnati; singled off Tanner Roark in his first bat bat and went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in the game...Became the first Pirates player to make his debut as the leadoff batter since Starling Marte in 2012 (15th Pirate in the last 100 years to do so)...Delivered the game-winning hit in the ninth inning on 4/13 at Washington...Went 8-for-35 (.229) with two RBI in 17 games with the Pirates thru 4/25...Was optioned to Indianapolis on 4/30...Led off the game with a home run on 5/21 at Louisville... Was recalled a second time on 6/22; served as a pinch runner on 6/22 vs. San Diego and singled as a pinch hitter on 6/23 vs. San Diego... Was optioned to Indianapolis on 6/26...Made 91 starts in center field and three in left field while playing with Indianapolis...Was recalled a final time on 9/3...Walked as a pinch hitter on 9/3 vs. Miami and suffered a left shoulder dislocation at a play at the plate in the eighth inning (scored a run while the opposing pitcher Jarlin Garcia fell on him while making the tag)...Was placed on the 60-day injured list on 9/8...Had surgery on his left shoulder on 10/18 (performed by Dr. Chris Ahmed)...Made seven starts in left field and two in center field while playing with the Pirates.
Hit .274 (128-for-468) with 13 homers and 55 RBI in 127 games between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis while spending first season in the Pittsburgh organization...Set minor league career highs in games and triples (eight)...Made a combined 113 starts in center field and 12 in left field with the two teams...Fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle on 4/21 vs. Richmond...Doubled in five straight games from 4/21-27...Was named Eastern League Player-of-the-Week for the week of 5/7-13 after hitting .522 (12-for-23) with two homers, eight RBI and seven runs in six games...Recorded six consecutive multi-hit games between 5/8-14 and led all of MiLB with a .625 (15-for-24) average over that period...Raised batting average from .286 to .364 over a season-best, 11-game hitting streak between 5/8-20 (23-for-45, .511)...Went hitless in 17 at bats over parts of five games from 5/22-26...Hit .359 with six homers and 21 RBI in 27 games during the month of May...Swiped three bases, including two steals of third base, on 6/6 vs. Reading...Had a team-best 17-game on-base streak from 5/26 to 6/14...Was promoted to Indianapolis for the remainder of the season on 6/28...His .325 batting average was fifth-best in the Eastern League at the time of his promotion; he finished 11 plate appearances shy of the required 300 to qualify for the best batting average by a left-handed hitter in Curve history (.324, Adam Frazier in 2015)...His .325 batting average was the highest in the Eastern League among hitters with at least 275 plate appearances...Went 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI in his Triple-A debut on 6/29 at Columbus...Hit his first homer with Indy on 7/6 vs. Columbus...Produced a .314 (27-for-86) average in his first 24 Triple-A games thru 7/27; hit .142 (18-for-127) in his final 35 contests...Ended the season ranked as Pittsburgh's No. 13 prospect by MLB.com.
Hit .278 (132-for-474) with 35 doubles, 18 home runs and 66 RBI in 72 total games between Buies Creek (Astros' High-A) and Corpus Christi (Astros' AA)...Set minor league career highs in games, hits, doubles and total bases (231)...Made 82 appearances in left field, 12 in center field and five in right field while playing with the two clubs...Homered three times and knocked in five runs on 5/7 at Myrtle Beach...Was promoted to Corpus Christi and made his Double-A debut on 5/30... Had a 14-game hitting streak between 6/4-21, going 25-for-57 (.439) with theee homers, 10 RBI and a 1.230 OPS...Compiled a .360 (31-for-86) average, 14 RBI and a 1.010 OPS in 21 games during the month of June...Was named Texas League Player-ofthe-Week for the week of 7/17-23 after hitting .345 (10-for-29) with three doubles, a triple, homer and four RBI in seven games... Homered five times in an eight-game stretch between 7/15-23 (game one)...Was ranked by MLB.com as Houston's 15th-best prospect following the season.
Spent entire season with Lancaster (Astros' High-A)... Led team in home runs, RBI and total bases (213)...Tied for third among the California League leaders in home runs... Also ranked sixth in slugging percentage and seventh in total bases...Set career highs in home runs, RBI and stolen bases...Made 54 appearances in center field, 26 in left field and 23 in right field...Hit .301 (22-for-73) in 18 games during the month of April...Went 5-for-5 with six RBI and four runs scored on 5/26 vs. Stockton...Was named California League Player-of-the-Week for the week of 5/23-29; hit .560 (14- for-25) with four homers, 12 RBI and a 1.697 OPS in seven games...Homered twice on 6/5 vs. Modesto...Reached base safely in 17 consecutive games between 6/15 and 7/7, hitting .339 (20-for-59) while producing a .466 OBP and 1.161 OPS...Hit a pair of solo home runs on 7/5 vs. Visalia... Went 11-for-23 (.478) with four homers and 10 RBI in his last seven regular season games, which included a twohomer game on 8/30 vs. Rancho Cucamonga...Homered in three straight games between 8/27-31 (four homers total)... Played in 11 games with Glendale during the Arizona Fall League.
Spent entire season with Quad Cities (Astros' A)... Made 83 appearances in left field and nine in center field... Went 7-for-9 with five RBI in back-to-back games on 5/18 and 5/20...Captured team Player-of-the-Month honors in June after hitting .294 wih three homers and 10 RBI in 22 games...Hit safely in eight straight games between 6/18-28, going 16-for-36 with five multi-hit efforts...Produced a .315 (51-for-162) average, six home runs and 22 RBI in a 43-game stretch between 5/30 and 7/21.
Hit .257 (63-for-245) with 14 doubles, seven triples, one home run, 23 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 63 minor league games...Began season with Greeneville (Astros' Rookie) and was named the team MVP...Was named Greeneville's Playerof- the-Month for July after hitting .293 with an .848 OPS in 27 games...Had a 16-game hitting streak between 7/3- 21 (24-for-61, .393) and reached safely in 22 consecutive games between 6/30 and 7/25...Was promoted to Tri-City on 8/9 and finished season in the New York-Penn League... Hit his first professional home run on 8/12 vs. Hudson Valley...Made 63 of his 64 defensive appearances with the two teams in center field; also made one appearance in left field while playing with Tri-City on 8/28.
Was selected by Houston in the eighth round of the First-Year Player Draft and made professional debut with the GCL Astros...Tied for fourth among league leaders in runs scored...Made 48 appearances in center field and one in right field (on 8/20)...Reached base safely in 19 straight games and produced a .368 on-base percentage between 6/22 and 7/17 after going 0-for-5 in his pro debut on 6/21.