Prospect Q & A: Brandon Martin

Brandon Martin was the 38th overall pick in the 2011 June Amateur Draft out of Santiago High School in Corona, California. In his first taste of pro ball last year with the rookie level GCL Rays he hit .255 with a .386 on base percentage in 57 plate appearances. I caught up briefly with the 18-year-old shortstop at the Rays Winter Development Program last month.

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Rays Digest: How has your experience here (Winter Development Camp) been so far and what kinds of things have you been working on?

Brandon Martin: My experience here has been great. It's been fun. It's been great to see all my friends - my teammates. We all have a strong connection. I've been working on the same thing - hitting and trying to get better each and every day.

Rays Digest: Other than coming to the Development Program what has been your own personal workout regimen? Do you do a lot of hitting? Do you just do strength and conditioning?

Brandon Martin: A lot of running to try and get in shape for spring training. You got to be in shape for spring training, because that's the biggest thing and there's a lot of running out there. I've been going to the gym pretty much every day, hitting and taking ground balls as much as I can. But I'm going to start stepping it up once spring training starts rolling around.

Rays Digest: Did you go to the Lightning game last night? Are you a hockey fan at all?

Brandon Martin:: Yeah I did. I've been a hockey fan ever since I was growing up. My Mom, she works for the (Anaheim) Ducks out in California.

Rays Digest: Other than kind of baseball-related stuff, what kinds of things have you guys been working on here at the development camp? I know you guys have been going through media training and you've been doing some charity events. Is part of this program to try and make you into an all-around person and player?

Brandon Martin: Yeah we have been focusing more on the professional side and about getting stuff done. Getting a chance to be a big leaguer and see what they do and trying to advance you to the next step in your career as best as they can.

Rays Digest: If you could kind of sum up yourself or give a brief scouting report on yourself in terms of what the best part of your game is and what kind of player you are - what would you say?

Brandon Martin: I think I have all the tools I guess, I've just gotta put them into play more. I think I'm a great teammate and I like to have fun. I'm energetic, enthusiastic, athletic (laughs), and like to have fun.

Rays Digest: There are a lot of guys that are in the same part of the system that all play shortstop like Jake Hager, Johnny Eierman, Tyler Goeddel - and there are others -and of course yourself. Have you gotten kind of a sense of who's going to playing where? Is there going to be any position-shifting going around?

Brandon Martin: I try not to think about it. I let them do what they do - the front office. I have no control over it, I just go out there and do my best each and every day. I know I have no control over it.

Rays Digest: It was nice meeting you.

Brandon Martin: It was nice meeting you too. Thank you.

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