Martin hit his first home run for Triple-A Tacoma in Sunday's win over New Orleans and is slashing .260/.302/.440 over 50 at-bats for the Rainiers.
The 29-year-old appears to slowly be rediscovering his stroke following an atrocious start to his major-league season that ultimately led to him being designated for assignment. Martin has been putting good wood on the ball against Triple-A arms, compiling four doubles, a triple and Sunday's homer over his 12 games thus far. A return to the big-league club doesn't appear imminent with the likes of Guillermo Heredia and Ben Gamel playing well in the absence of Mitch Haniger (oblique). However, the time refining his game at the minor-league level could ultimately pay dividends for Martin, who was hitting just .111 with the Mariners.
Martin went 3-for-4 with a double in the Rainers' 2-0 victory Sunday over Sacramento.
Designated for assignment by the Mariners on April 23, Martin eventually cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma last Thursday. He'd slashed .111/.172/.130 over 58 plate appearances before the move, so a stretch of hitting against lesser competition could be just what the 29-year-old needs to rediscover his stroke. Sunday's effort had raised Martin's average to .385 and marked the fourth game in as many with the Rainiers that he'd reached safely, but he went hitless in five at-bats on Monday.
Martin cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Martin was off to a slow start to the season before being DFA'd by the Mariners, slashing just .111/.172/.130 over 58 plate appearances this season. His rough slash line, and the fact he is owed $4.85 million this season, likely deterred teams from putting in a waiver claim, allowing him to head back to Tacoma as part of the Mariners. He remains under Seattle's control moving forward, though the team would have to make a 40-man move should they want to recall him anytime in 2017, so he should stick in Triple-A for the foreseeable future
Martin was designated for assignment Sunday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
The Mariners apparently grew tired of waiting for Martin's bat to come along, and with the 29-year-old possessing no remaining minor-league options, the organization made the tough decision to remove the outfielder from the 40-man roster. Prospect Dan Vogelbach was called up to take Martin's spot on the active roster, but it's expected that Jarrod Dyson will assume most of the starts in center field, while Taylor Motter eventually moves to a full-time role in the corner outfield once Jean Segura (hamstring) is back from the DL. Though Martin was batting just .111/.172/.130 over 58 plate appearances this season, his more palatable career line of .248/.301/.359 could be enough to convince another team to put in a waiver claim. Martin is owed $4.85 million this season.
Martin is sitting in place of Guillermo Heredia for the second consecutive game Saturday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "I like the way Heredia is swinging the bat. He's given us a little energy," said manager Scott Servais.
Martin has had a dreadful start to the season, slashing .111/.172/.130 with 14 strikeouts in 54 at-bats. Meanwhile, Heredia has made the most of his opportunities with a .333/.333/.500 slash line over 18 at-bats. It appears that Sevais is comfortable with giving Heredia the nod over Martin until Martin begins to regain his form.
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