Mason Martin Focuses on His Defense at First Base

Much of the hot press on Mason Martin has been about his ability to hit the ball a long way.

However, Martin has another strength he's been working on between the lines — his glove work.

“I pride myself, not just on being a really good defender, but also getting better everyday and trying to make progress every single season,” Martin said. “I’m really excited where my glove is at and keep trying to find ways to grow and get better. A lot of that comes with experience in games and just playing.”

Martin has combined the experience and hard work to reach the next level at first base. He has surpassed the level of just avoiding a liability, to good, to now standing out with his defensive work this season in Indianapolis. It truly has been a season-over-season progression for Martin.



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He can dunk? but he’s white!

Last edited 2 months ago by PirateRican21
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Just getting to play with Cruz everyday has allowed him to improve. His deficiencies would be rather clear the way Cruz has thrown the ball this year, and Martin has been up to the task.


Mason Martin has definitely been up to the challenge at 1B this year.

Oneil Cruz fielded .957 at SS at A+ in 2019, and .931 at Altoona in 2021 after a lot of time away from the sport. He can hit and he can play SS – at AAA or MLB. He should be in the majors, and he should take his quality defensive 1B with him.

Have we forgotten that our primary SS on the Pirates was fielding .900 (4 errors in 14 games) before being injured? Is there a better time?




Once the Chang experiment runs its course I think we finally see him up. He pretty much is what he is at this point. What’s the harm in seeing if he can somewhat control the k’s while also hitting singers consistently.

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