Chicago Cubs: Navigating the competition
In the most recent news of Marquez’ utter July dominance, Martinez is one of the few who has been lost in the translation of exceptional performance. It should not stop fans, however, from pinpointing the insane month from the 18-year-old switch-hitting infielder himself.
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Within the past couple weeks, Martinez made the jump up a level, and he is continuing to perform at an utterly ridiculous pace, which is the reason he earned a ‘Player of the Month’ nod. Martinez spent much of his July at Rookie-level, receiving the call to Eugene just a few days before the month ended.
Over a 23 game span across the month, Martinez slashed an eye-popping .402/.484/.524 with a 1.009 OPS. He worked his patience at the plate into a 13.5% walk rate and finished the month with a .470 wOBA and 178 wRC+, respectively. If one wants to argue against the level of competition Martinez mainly faced, here is a whopper for you.
Martinez made his first start for the Emeralds on July 27th. So far he has spent nine games with the team and is slashing a video game-level .483/.571/.621 with an even higher 17.1% walk rate. Not only that, Martinez has a .549 wOBA and 239 wRC+. Keeping in line with the month, in the final few games of July, Martinez hit .400.
If fans want to know how he is mauling the competition, Martinez went a perfect 4-for-4 in his Emeralds debut two weeks ago with a stolen base. Since then, he has posted five multi-hit games. Its wheels up for the teenager which should excite every Cubs fan to exist.