Austin Martin Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays

Vandy Boy Austin Martin was drafted 5th overall by the Toronto Blue Jay organization on Wednesday night. Despite falling outside the top 3 picks, where many experts had predicted he would be taken, Martin looks to make his impact felt in Toronto.

The 6’0”, 170 lb. utility player out of Jacksonville, FL had quite a successful career during his time with the Commodores, including his role in winning the 2019 College World Series. Out of high school he was drafted 37th by the Cleveland Indians but elected to play for Vanderbilt and Coach Tim Corbin instead. 

Freshman (2018)

Highlights include:

  • 2018 Baseball America Freshman All-American
  • 2018 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American
  • 2018 NCWBA Freshman All-American
  • 2018 Perfect Game Freshman All-American
  • Thirteen-game hitting streak (April 1-21, batted .429 during streak)
  • Recorded at least one hit in 47 of 58 games played
  • Led SEC with 22 stolen bases
  • .308 batting percentage
  • April 16: SEC Freshman of the Week after .462 average

Sophomore (2019)

Highlights include:

  • College World Series National Championship Team Member
  • Programs single-season record for runs scored (87)
  • D1Baseball.com All-America first team
  • Baseball America All-America first team
  • All-SEC first team
  • SEC All-Defensive Team
  • Golden Spikes Semifinalist
  • Dick Howser Trophy Semifinalist
  • SEC Player of the Week (Feb. 18)
  • Tied for second in single-season program history with 105 hits
  • Named to CWS team after recording four RBIs and four runs.
  • Became the 53rd player in CWS history to record a multi-homer game (June 16 vs. Louisville)

Junior (2020, shortened/cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic)

Highlights include:

  • Season canceled due to coronavirus outbreak
  • Nation’s top 2020 MLB Draft prospect by Perfect Game
  • No. 2 among Baseball America’s Top 150 Overall Players for 2020
  • Third-best 2020 MLB Draft prospect by Baseball America
  • Fourth-best 2020 MLB Draft prospect by D1Baseball
  • First Team Preseason All-American by Baseball America
  • First Team Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball
  • First Team Preseason All-American by D1Baseball
  • First Team Preseason All-American by Perfect Game
  • SEC Preseason Player of the Year by D1Baseball
  • SEC’s second-best 2020 MLB Draft prospect by D1Baseball
  • Coaches’ preseason first-team all-SEC
  • Made 16 starts
  • Team leader in runs (15) and hits (20)
  • Paced Vanderbilt in average (.377), on-base percentage (.507) and slugging (.660)
  • Went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three runs vs Cal Poly (Feb. 16)

The Dore Report wishes Austin Martin and his family the best of luck as he begins his professional career! He’ll forever be a winner and Vandy Boy great.

*note: stats taken from vucommodores.com

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