Among the mini fray of news that happened with the Detroit Tigers recently, the team has signed Dominican infielder Pedro Martinez Jr., son of Hall of Fame right-handed pitcher Pedro Martinez.
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Martinez, an international free agent, plays third base and has also spent time at first. However, unlike his three-time Cy Young father, the 17-year-old doesn’t have any interest in pitching.
“I’ve been keeping up with the bat so far. I don’t feel any need to change,” he told MLB.com
At 6-foot-2, the youngster got recognition for his bat during the RBI World Series in August 2016. His father says he’s one of the best hitters he’s ever seen.
Detroit has yet to announce the amount of Martinez’s signing bonus. Prior to a number of signings, the club had $4.75 million for this international period’s bonus pool. In early July, Venezuelan shortstop Alvaro Gonzalez, who is 16 years old, agreed to a $1 million signing bonus with the team. Martinez’s family is hoping for six figures.
Pedro Martinez Jr. isn’t the only son of a Major Leaguer making news this season. In fact, four of the MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects have fathers who are former players, including: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (No. 3, third baseman), Bo Bichette (No. 26, shortstop), Cal Quantrill (No. 38, right-handed pitcher), and Fernando Tatis Jr. (No. 52, shortstop). However, Martinez isn’t ranked on the Top 30 International Prospects list.
Currently, the Tigers are at the bottom of the Central Division and competing for the worst record in baseball with the San Francisco Giants. With any luck, the team can push through the final five games to grab that No. 1 draft pick in 2018.