2023 MLB Draft: Colby Martin, 2B/RHP, Shenandoah University

Player: Colby Martin
School: Shenandoah University                                                 Position(s): RHP/2B
Height: 5’11”                    Weight: 195 lbs.                     Bats: Right                        Throws: Right
Hit: Shows good discipline and good eye at plate. Good pitch recognition. Slightly busy back foot. Good hand position, stays ready to fire at all times, quick hands to zone. Covers whole plate well, can reach out and punch singles on balls off the plate w/two strikes. Some loft in swing coming from pack positioning but good line drive swing when the shoulders stay more in line with his hips rather than pull back off them.
Power: More gap-to-gap doubles power currently, body has matured quite a bit and not of projection left. Probably a low-teens HR future with some potential to flirt with 20.
Run: 3.95 Home to first on infield single. Can definitely move.
Arm: Has a massive arm on the mound but haven’t seen enough in field.
Glove: Haven’t seen enough personally, per others, likely a 2B glove.
Pitches:
Fastball: 95-99, Can get flat, at best does show some downhill action along with late arm-side run. Plus horizontal movement has flashed, but inconsistent.
Breaking ball: 80-81, Late dip to it along with cutting action. More of a slider shape with a curve velo
Delivery/Mechanics: Stretch only, starts with straight front leg and brings it up and closes body in delivery to generate extra torque. Loose arm but ball does show behind back and the wrist does tip the breaking ball at times. 3/4 slot with REALLY quick arm action. Power reliever look without a ton of effort.
Other: 2021 region/conference Player of the Year via multiple outlets. Missed 2022 with Tommy John surgery.
Summary: Martin is a guy who could be the first non-prep or D1 player taken in the draft, with a real shot to go before any JuCo or D2 players come off the board despite being at a D3 school. The pure hit tool is real and will play, although there is some minor concern he will have an adjustment period to get his mechanisms in sync to keep up with elite velocity. Listed as a middle infielder by his school, I would love to see how his quick twitch and strong arm play at third, but second is a most likely defensive position for him. On the mound he has all the makings of a long-term reliever with a very good two pitch mix and plenty of upside making him a genuine two-way prospect.

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