Thursday, August 4, 2011

JD Martinez is called up to the Astros and goes deep

Now you may be wondering why I would post about an Astros prospect that was just called up to the big leagues.  The answer is that I was the Media Relations intern with the Tri-City ValleyCats, the low A, short season, affiliate of the Astros in 2009 (they are in the same league as the Staten Island Yankees).  One of my coolest memories was picking up a young slugger name JD Martinez, who had been tearing up the Golf Coast League, from the airport when he was promoted.  What made it even cooler was that it was on my birthday and I got to spend about half an hour (how long it took to get from the airport to the ballpark) shooting the shit with JD.  Then he went on to have a great year at Tri-City and this past week he was called up to the Astros to replace Hunter Pence.

Last night, in his fifth game as an Astro he went deep for the first time.  Thus far in the bigs he is hitting .313 with a HR, 2 runs and 5 RBIs.  I would like to take this moment to congratulate JD and wish him the best of luck.

Martinez was actually not the first player from the 2009 ValleyCats team to make the Astros.  Jose Altuve who only played 21 games in Tri-City that season has played 14 games in the show this year.  He is a diminutive second baseman who is listed at 5-7 but isn't nearly that tall.

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