Martin was optioned to the Pirates' satellite camp Monday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports. Martin was part of the Pirates' Opening Day roster as outfield depth with Gregory Polanco recovering from COVID-19, but Polanco was activated from the injured list Monday in a corresponding move. Martin didn't appear in any of the team's first three games this season but could be an option to serve as major-league depth again if injuries occur.
Martin made the Opening Day roster and will serve as the team's fourth outfielder. He spent the majority of summer camp in Altoona, making his addition a bit surprising. Martin is only an injury away from potentially seeing playing time while Gregory Polanco (illness) recovers from COVID 19. Pittsburgh has also used Phillip Evans, Jose Osuna and Cole Tucker in the outfield. The 24-year-old has surpassed 20 steals and 20 homers in the minors and now that he's recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, stolen bases seem to be his most likely area to help in fantasy leagues.
The Pirates announced Sunday that Martin will be included as one of 19 players on the team's taxi squad for the 2020 season, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Martin is one of the few members of the taxi squad with prior MLB experience, as he appeared in 20 games for the big club in 2019 and slashed .250/.325/.306 across 40 plate appearances. While he won't join the big club in Pittsburgh when workouts resume this week and will instead report to the team's alternative training site in Altoona, Martin should rank near the top of the list for a promotion to the Pirates if the team requires an extra body in the outfield at any point.
Martin was sent to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. Martin received 40 plate appearances in his big-league debut last season but didn't do much with them, hitting .250/.325/.306. His .242/.297/.383 slash line in 160 career games at the Triple-A level isn't exactly inspiring, either.
Martin went 1-for-2 with an RBI single and his first stolen base of the spring Monday. He's in a battle with Guillermo Heredia for the team's backup outfield spot. It's likely he starts 2020 in the minors as he's coming off shoulder surgery in October. Either way, he put together a strong showing Monday.