June 6, 2014
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina baseball's Adam Martin was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 10th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon. Martin was the 291st player selected overall, the highest WCU draft pick since 2009.
Day three of the MLB Draft gets underway around 1:00 pm on Saturday with rounds 11-40. Coverage is available online through MLB Draft Tracker at MLB.com.
Martin was one of three SoCon players picked up on the second day of the three-day event. He joined Georgia Southern LHP Sam Howard (82nd pick) and Max Povse (102nd pick) of UNCG, both taken in the third round by the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves, respectively.
A product of Marietta, Ga., Martin concluded his four-year career in Cullowhee with 192 career games played including 180 starts. He blasted 34 career home runs to rank tied for 12th in WCU program history, while finishing 16th in the school ledgers with 158 career RBI. All told, the slugger recorded 195 career hits including 36 doubles and four triples to accompany his homers.
Martin saved his best for last in 2014, batting a career-high .307 (62-for-202) with 25 extra base hits including a team - and SoCon-high tying - 14 home runs, 10 doubles and a triple. A first team All-Southern Conference selection at catcher, Martin also led the league with 65 RBI to rank nationally.
During his senior campaign, Martin collected SoCon Player of the Month honors in March while amassing eye-popping statistics. In 17 games, the versatile Martin hit .415 with more than half of his 27 hits in the month going for extra bases - eight home runs, five doubles and a triple to add up to a .892 slugging percentage. He also recorded 35 RBI and scored 20 runs in March.
Martin was twice selected to the Johnny Bench Award Watch List as both a junior and senior, while twice earning SoCon Player of the Week plaudits. As a junior, he was additionally dubbed the CollegebaseballInsider.com Louisville slugger Southeast Region Player of the Week in late April.
Additional WCU Draft Notes:
* Western Carolina had a player selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft for the ninth-straight season - and for the 17th-time in the past 19-years missing just 2004 and 2005 during that same span despite Jared Greenwood
signing a free agent contract with the New York Yankees in 2005;
* Adam Martin's 10th round selection is the highest for a Catamount since 2009 when Nick Liles was selected in the seventh round with the 207th pick by the San Francisco Giants ... Martin was one of the MLB Draft record 67 college seniors taken through the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday;
* Martin is just the third Catamount drafted by the Seattle Mariners all-time - he joins Rick Adair (3rd round, 1979) and Charlie Fonville (38th round, 1984) ... Seattle signed two former WCU players in Kyle Carson (1982) and David Hill (1983) ... WCU has had two former players wear the Mariners' uniform in the Majors - Jerry Reed from 1986-90 and Paul Menhart in 1996;
* All told, WCU has had three players taken inside the first 100 picks all time, headlined by Rick Adair with the 53rd pick of the third round by the Seattle Mariners in the 1979 draft - WCU's highest all-time ... Brad Tweedie (3rd round, 92nd pick by Cincinnati Reds in 1993) and Jason Beverlin (4th round, 93rd pick by Oakland Athletics in 1994).