Mason Martin
20-Year-Old First Baseman1B
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Mason Martin in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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Mashing, whiffing at Low-A
1BPittsburgh Pirates  A
May 9, 2018
Martin is hitting .260/.366/.458 with four home runs and a 34:13 K:BB in 113 plate appearances with Low-A West Virginia.
ANALYSIS
The bat-only first baseman isn't mashing to the extent he did last year in the Gulf Coast League (.323 ISO, 198 wRC+), but he has still been 38 percent better than the average Sally League hitter in his first month against Low-A pitching as an 18-year-old. He doesn't project to develop into even an average defensive first baseman, so he will need to be an offensive monster to profile as a regular. The top thing he needs to work on is cutting down his 30.1 percent strikeout rate.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
From an offensive standpoint, Martin appears to be the steal of the 2017 draft, and it's not particularly close. He fell to the 17th round (508 overall), which oversells things a bit, as his $350,000 bonus was the sixth largest from the Pirates' draft class. Nonetheless, he was the Gulf Coast League's best hitter (198 wRC+) and won't turn 19 until June, so it's not like he was a college hitter taking advantage of pitchers who were two and three years younger than him. His left-handed bat should profile anywhere, which is good, as he is seen as a 1B-only prospect, and his glove is even below average at first base right now. Martin has huge raw power, which will be his carrying tool, but he should also excel at getting on base -- he walked at a 19.3 percent clip in the GCL. His pull-heavy approach (50 percent) puts a bit of a cap on his batting average as he moves up the ladder, but he has plenty of time to refine that aspect of his game.