Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Potential Second Round Picks
By Noah Wright
Robby Martin is an outfielder from Florida State University. A right fielder by trade, Martin has gotten off to a solid start to his 2021 season. Through his first 136 trips to the plate Martin is batting .330/.419/.539 with 6 doubles and 6home runs, all coming to a .378 wOBA.
Martin has shown some pretty solid plate discipline as well. In 2021, he’s drawn a walk at a 12.9% rate and has a career 13.2% walk rate. However, this has come at the cost of a 27.2% strikeout rate so far this season. However, overall, he has a lower 23.8% strikeout rate.
Martin has hit for more power in 2021 than he has in previous seasons. His .215 isolated slugging percentage is a career best mark. He has the potential for even more power as his 6’3″, 200 pound frame at 21-years-old suggests he can be a big power threat in the Majors and soon.
This power potential is something that FanGraphs agrees with as he has a 55-future game power and 60-future raw power grade. While FanGraphs sees his hit tool as a 40-grade tool, MLB Pipeline has him at 50. Notably, MLB Pipeline gives him a 50-grade for all of his tools, aside from his arm, which is seen as a 55-grade tool.
While Martin isn’t considered a Kevin Kiermaier, he’s considered an average fielder in the corners with a strong arm. He isn’t a speed demon either, but can move it when he needs to. All told, Martin would provide the Pittsburgh Pirates with another bat with big power potential.