Volume 1 Issue 9
2010 (Sophomore) 23rd-round draft pick of the New York Mets in the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in June...2010 Second Team All-C-USA...Started in centerfield in all 58 games...Finished second on the club with a .377 batting average... Led the team, C-USA and ranked 29th nationally with 98 hits...Led Memphis and was fifth in the league with 62 runs scored...Paced the Tigers with five triples... Posted 41 RBI, 24 walks, 19 stolen bases
and 10 doubles...Ranked in the top-10 in C-USA in batting average, runs, hits, triples and stolen bases...Hit safely in 51 of 58 games, including 24 of 27 games against C-USA foes...Reached base in 54 of Memphis’ 58 games, including a streak of 24-straight games to start the season...Batted .394 in league play...Collected multiple hits in 29 games and multiple RBI in 11...Recorded three or more hits in 14 games...Fell one-game shy of Memphis’ hit streak record with a 22-game hit streak that spanned from April 13-May 21...Hit .443 with 47 hits in the streak.
MATCHIN’ UP WITH MARTINEZ
SQUEEZE PLAY Q:Your teammates recognize you as the most superstitious player on the team. What are your most superstitious habits? A:That’s true. I just like to keep everything the same and keep a very predictable pregame routine. Q:You seem to have a superstition with batting gloves going on right now. How did that come about? A:(Graduate Manager) Duke Williams pointed that out to me and it’s true. I’m hitting better with out them right now. Q:Teammate Adam McClain stated that he absolutely has the best style on the team. What are your thoughts on that proclaimation? A:No chance! (Laughs) I hate to break it to him, but I definitely have the best style on the team. I’ll give it to him though, he is a close second. He’s got a little bit of swag.
Q:What is your favorite rain-out activity? A:Eating. Q:What is the best part of being a U of M baseball player? A:The tradition surrounding the program and the support of Tiger fans and students. Q:What is something that your teammates don’t know about you? A:I was a karate king growing up. Q:What is your favorite Tiger roadtrip? A:Going to New Orleans is always my favorite trip because a lot my family lives down there and it feels like home. It always makes me feel great to see my family in the stands. Q:What is currently playing on your iPOD? A:Dan Langfield has me listening to a bunch of country music right now. I’m not a country person but I’m vibin’ it right now.
WHO IS THIS TIGER
I played two years for the Tigers as a catcher with a career average of .321 I played in the Tigers most lop-sided victory, a 39-3 win over Delta State in 1978 I have coached state championship high school teams and one team won national championship My jersey is being retired this season
TABLE SETTER Name: Drew Martinez
DREW MARTINEZ JR. OUTFIELD
Nickname: Poncho-via T.J. Rich Number: #1 Hometown: Collierville, Tenn. High School: CBHS
Major: Business Management Height: 5-11 Weight: 172 Bats/Throws: Left/Left Favorite MLB player: Carl Crawford Favorite Quote: “A nickle ain’t worth a dime anymore.”-Yogi Berra Biggest Superstition: Tap the plate in the shape of a cross and wearing eye black Fun Fact: Drew has never been beaten in Wii dance or dance connect.
Listen to the PA announcement in the top of the 3rd inning to hear the Tiger Great of the Game answer. Check out Friday’s Tiger Tales to meet Jacob Wilson Tiger Tales is written by Memphis Media Relations