Nick Martini, who wore the NC Dinos uniform of the KBO League last year, signs a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds and challenges to enter the big leagues.
“The Cincinnati Reds signed Nick Martini and Nick Plummer to minor league contracts,” said the US’Major League Trade Rumors (MLBTR) on the 5th (Korean time). was not included,” he said.
Martini was nominated by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 230th overall pick in the 7th round of the 2011 rookie draft and started his professional career, and in 2011 he stepped on the major league stage with the Oakland Athletics. Since then, Martini has played for the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs, posting 76 hits, 2 home runs, batting average of 0.270, and OPS of 0.738 in 112 games over three major league seasons.
After parting ways with the Cubs in 2021, Martini signed a contract with NC and entered the KBO League. Martini appeared in 139 games and had 151 hits, 16 homers, 85 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases for a batting average of .296 and .826 OPS. His overall performance wasn’t bad, but his only flaw was that he didn’t have many homers. In the end, Martini failed to renew the contract with NC after the season, and returned to the United States.
‘MLBTR’ said, “Cincinnati recruited Martini, who was released from San Diego in November 2019, but sent him to the Philadelphia Phillies in less than two months. This is the second time Martini has become a member of Cincinnati.”
The media explained that Martini’s performance in Korea was impressive. “MLBTR” said, “Martini posted an impressive .296/.365/ 스포츠토토.461 record with 16 homers in 576 plate appearances for NC. Pretty close to Martini’s triple-A batting slash line of .298/.399/.437. ” he pointed out.
“Martini has been a corner outfielder and first baseman over the past few seasons,” the media added. “Martini and Plummer can provide more options in Cincinnati’s crowded but unstable outfield.”
It remains to be seen whether Martini, who failed to renew his contract despite his good performance in the KBO League, will be able to succeed on the American stage.