Martin was added to the 40-man roster Tuesday by Pittsburgh, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Martin ended the 2018 season with Triple-A Indianapolis, although he struggled to a .211/.270/.319 batting line through 59 games. He appears in line to begin the upcoming campaign at the same level he ended.
The 22-year-old Martin doesn't boast any standout tools, but he's been a solid all-around producer across 609 plate appearances at the Double-A level the past two seasons, supplying a .297/.353/.501 line to go with 20 home runs and 14 steals. He has mostly been used as a center fielder this season and is expected to stick at the position as he heads to the International League.
Martin went 2-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored Tuesday for Double-A Altoona in its 12-3 win over Binghamton.
Viewed mostly as a throw-in piece in the January trade that sent Gerrit Cole to Houston, the 22-year-old Martin has turned some heads in his first year in the Pittsburgh organization. He's been one of the top hitters in the Eastern League in his second season at Double-A, with five consecutive two-hit performances boosting his season line to a robust .332/.388/.559 across 227 plate appearances. A midseason promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis looks likely for Martin, who could ultimately push his way to the major-league squad in 2019 if he continues to dominate in the higher levels of the minors.
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2015||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||105||396||65||107||12||7||8||57||47||74||14||15||.346||.396||.270|
|2017||AA-Corpus Christi Hooks||79||300||38||82||24||3||11||37||19||82||7||6||.319||.483||.273|
|2017||AFA-Buies Creek Astros||46||174||34||50||11||2||7||29||20||42||9||5||.354||.494||.287|