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Martin was one the top college seniors available in the draft, and while the Phillies took him in the 4th round, they paid him closer to a 6th or 7th round pick. Martin is a giant at first base, with big raw power. His swing is a bit long and stiff, but he showed a good approach in college and some signs of that in the majors. In pro ball his weaknesses started to show more clearly. His power numbers were masked a bit by the Lakewood ballpark, which turned some home runs into doubles and fly outs. His approach did suffer on the road, as did his quality of contact. By far though, his biggest weakness was against left handed pitchers. Martin walked 3 times and struck out 25 times vs left handed pitchers in 62 at bats, with greatly reduced power numbers. It is going to be a tough road for Martin, because he is going to need to mash at every level. While he does have large platoon splits, he is on the correct side of the platoon so he can provide value to a major league team if he continues to mash against righties. However, the platoon split does limit his overall upside and value, especially in the modern game with shorter benches. Because of his age and skillset, Martin is likely to move quickly.