When I arrived home after the G-Stros game, I pulled up twitter to see what I had missed and saw that J. D. Martinez had been called on to pitch hit in Milwaukee. His first big league plate appearance resulted in a long double to deep center field. I love the look on his face in the video at MLB.com as he is chatting with Prince Fielder. It looks like he is trying to be nonchalant about the hit but the joy starts to leak out a little.
A Look Back
J. D. Martinez wasn't the focus of attention when he arrived in Greeneville for the 2009 season. The attention was focused on the infield. Altuve at 2nd, Mier at SS & Meyer at 3rd were to focus. A fan favorite, and two high draft picks. Yet, J. D. Martinez was the difference maker. He was only here for 19 games. During that time, he hit .403, slugged five HR and knocked in 23 RBI. His RBI total was still 3rd on the team when the season ended. His HR total was tied for second.
When Martinez went to Tri Cities after the July 11th game, the Astros offense went away. The G-Stros were 10 - 9 with Martinez and 17 - 31 without him. It came as no surprise when he was promoted. It was clear, he didn't belong in the Appy League, just like a year later, it was clear he was ready for AA after just half a season in Lexington.
It has been well documented that Martinez took exception to his late selection in the 2009 draft. However, he is the second 20th round draft pick to make it to the majors who also played in Greeneville. The other is J.R. Towles (20th round 2004).