Mason Martin Working on Adjustments to Shorten Swing

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After taking the league by storm for the first month of the season, Mason Martin has hit an extended rough patch.

Through April, Martin was hitting .303 with a 1.021 OPS. While he hit seven home runs in May, he also only hit .190 with 40 strikeouts in 25 games and 111 plate appearances.

In June, Martin had just one home run. Conversely, he struck out 39 times in 87 plate appearances. Even with the struggles, Martin knows it’s going to turn it around and remains confident.

“It’s part of the game and that’s what my coaches have been reminding me of,“ Martin said. “The worst thing you can do is let it eat you up and overthink and over analyze. I’ve definitely been there before. The key when things are not going the way you want are to keep it simple, simplify thi...

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Cobra

It will be interesting if beginning of next season Gorski challenges Martin @ 1B in Indy. And – yes – years away, but hard to forget Fangraphs’ Top 30 ranking & write up this year of Tony Blanco Jr: Blanco is a gigantic corner outfield/1B prospect with arguably the most present raw power in the January 2022 signing group. He absolutely towers over his father, who was twice a Baseball America Top 100 prospect but spent most of his pro career in Japan. The recent track record of hitters this size is not favorable, with only Franmil Reyes really panning out, but it’s exciting to watch Blanco take BP and see how loose and athletic he is for his size. He signed for $900,000 and will be an unmistakable fixture on Pittsburgh’s backfields for the next couple of years.

ricramer

With the long term hole at 1B for the Pirates I have high hopes that he can figure things out.

NMR

Very well written and interviewed, Ryan.

Not to crap on the piece or Mason himself, but man, I just don’t understand this idea that you have to push a kid like this fast and furious in order to get him to make obviously-needed improvements.

The dude struck out a third of the time in A-ball, and then a third of the time in AA, and then they literally played the role of Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber….so you’re telling me there’s a chance!

Now we’ve got a 23 yo kid already in his second go of AAA finally committing to improvements that should’ve been tackled when competition was far more forgiving. I just don’t get it.

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john_fluharty

I hope this works because we can definitely use his power at first base.

SouthernBuc

Thank you for this update. It seems each level there is a risk Martin’s strikeouts would catch up to him but until AAA he kept mashing (with a continued high level of strikeouts). Adjustments can always be made so hopefully this is just another step in his progression. I still hope he can become that power hitter who hits enough homers to offset a low OBP. He certainly seems to work very hard at his game.

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