Martin was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Martin spent just four days with the Pirates, making two appearances off the bench and going 1-for-1 with a run scored during that stretch. He was sent to the minors to free up a roster spot for Wednesday's starter, Dario Agrazal.
Martin was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.
Martin got into 17 games for the Pirates earlier in the season, hitting an unimpressive .229/.289/.286. He'll fill a bench role in a crowded Pirates outfield. Gregory Polanco (shoulder) landed on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Martin was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday.
Martin had been struggling at the dish over his past five contests (0-for-12), and with Startling Marte returning from the injured list Tuesday, he was the obvious choice to go down to the minor leagues.
Martin went 0-for-3 with a strikeout against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.
He has one hit in his last 17 at-bats and will likely be sent back to Triple-A as the team's outfield health improves. Starling Marte (abdomen) could return as soon as Monday while Lonnie Chisenhall (hand) and Corey Dickerson (shoulder) aren't far away. Martin has demonstrated good speed and has played both left field and center, but he's had trouble going back for flyballs hit over his head. The 23-year-old has totaled only 76 games above the Double-A level. He's slashed .229/.289/.286 with two stolen bases in 38 plate appearances for Pittsburgh.
Martin is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants.
Martin will once again head to the bench against a left-handed starter as Madison Bumgarner takes the mound for the Giants. J.B. Shuck will start in left field and bat seventh in his absence.
Martin is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.
Martin appears to have played his way into a large-side platoon role in the corner outfield, but he's ran into some bad luck with the opposing pitching schedule lately. With the Pirates facing a lefty starter (Matthew Boyd) for the fourth time in seven games, Martin will head to bench while Pablo Reyes and J.B. Shuck man left and right field, respectively.
Martin went 1-for-4 with an eighth-inning RBI double against the Nationals on Sunday.
The 23-year-old is batting .353 in 17 at-bats. He's exceeded expectations for a player who was supposed to start 2019 at Triple-A Indianapolis but was brought to Pittsburgh due to injuries in the outfield. He's also swiped two bags. A 1:5 BB:K might foretell struggles with more reps at the big-league level, but he'll likely get another week or so before the team activates Gregory Polanco (shoulder) and sends Martin to Triple-A.
Martin is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.
Martin was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis after Corey Dickerson (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday and had started the last two games in left field. going a combined 3-for-6 with a double and stolen base. With southpaw Jon Lester on the bump for the Cubs, the lefty-hitting Martin will move to the bench, but he looks to have at least a temporary hold on the larger side of a platoon in left field. Pablo Reyes will replace Martin in the lineup Monday.
Martin went 1-for-2 with a walk and stolen base in his major-league debut Saturday.
The 23-year-old, who led off and played left field for the injury-riddled Pirates, was acquired as part of the haul for Gerrit Cole. Martin struggled in Triple-A last season, slashing .211/.270/.319, but he impressed the organization this spring, going 7-for-23 with two homers and two stolen bases in Grapefruit League play. The outfielder averaged .274 with 18 homers and 16 stolen bases in his last three minor-league campaigns. With Gregory Polanco (shoulder) and Corey Dickerson (shoulder) not due back for several weeks, there's a decent chance Martin sees extended play, especially while he stays hot.
Martin was recalled by the Pirates on Friday.
Martin has yet to make his big-league debut. Based on his performance in 59 games for Triple-A Indianapolis last season, where he hit .211/.270/.319, it's hard to say he's ready to go, but the Pirates are very thin in the outfield right now. Gregory Polanco (shoulder), Corey Dickerson (shoulder), Lonnie Chisenhall (finger) and Jose Osuna (neck) are all on the injured list.
The Pirates optioned Martin to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
The return trip to Indianapolis comes as little surprise after Martin slashed an ugly .211/.270/.319 in 234 plate appearances upon receiving a promotion last season from Double-A Altoona. Martin boasts some decent tools and makes good contact, but probably profiles as more of a fourth or fifth outfielder in the big leagues rather than a viable everyday option.
Martin went 1-for-2 with a solo homer in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jays.
Martin opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first frame with a solo shot off Matt Shoemaker. The 23-year-old, who was acquired from Houston in the Gerrit Cole deal, has now gone deep twice in four games this spring.
Martin played four innings in center field and belted a two-run homer Saturday.
The 23-year-old batted just .211/.270/.319 with four homers and five steals in 213 at-bats for Triple-A Indianapolis in 2018. The experience was his first at the Triple-A level, however, so he'll get another chance to prove himself. Martin, acquired from Houston in the Gerrit Cole trade, did bat .325/.392/.522 in 255 Double-A at-bats prior to his Triple-A struggles. He may not be a top prospect, but the organization's lack of outfield depth could put him on track for an MLB debut, should injuries strike.
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 back at Indy.
The Pirates promoted Martin from Double-A Altoona to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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.
Martin was traded to the Pirates along with Colin Moran, Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz in exchange for Gerrit Cole, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
While Martin has a chance to develop into a fourth outfielder, he goes from one organization with a crowded outfield to another, so this doesn't really impact his long-term fantasy value. He was eligible for the Rule 5 draft and went unpicked last month, so he is not seen as a high-quality prospect by MLB evaluators. The 22-year-old has taken full advantage of some hitter-friendly conditions in the minors over the last two seasons. He notched a .278/.332/.487 slash line with 18 home runs and 16 steals (on 27 attempts) in 125 games split between High-A and Double-A last season. Look for him to begin the season at Double-A or Triple-A.
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