The San Diego Padres have added some depth at the first base position by signing former top prospect Kyle Martin to a minor league deal. He will join the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas after tearing apart the Mexican League with the los Guerreros de Oaxaca through the first few months of the year.
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Martin was a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies back in 2015 and reached as high as No. 30 on their top prospects list the following season. He was eventually cut loose in 2018 and spent two years in the Independent American Association before landing his most recent roster spot in Mexico.
The 29-year-old wasted no time making an immediate impact and smacked 17 home runs during winter ball. During the regular season, Martin is slashing .364/.480/.884 and leads the league in home runs (18). He has also racked up 40 runs scored, 47 RBI and 3 stolen bases across 39 games.
This is realistically a no-risk signing for the Padres that could end up resulting in a solid late-inning bench bat. After all, Wil Myers just landed on the injured list and Matt Beaty has failed to shine in is role as a pinch-hitter. Martin's experience playing in the outfield corner spots could come in handy.
Martin's power cannot be denied, so it'll be interesting to see how he fares against top-tier pitching. Keep in mind he has never played above the Double-A level in his career. For now, the Padres have odds set at +1500 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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