NC Dinos new foreign batter Jason Martin (28) talked about an anecdote with KIA Tigers Yang Hyeon-jong.
“Camp is going well overall,” Martin said in an interview at Spring Camp held at Reed Park Baseball Field in Tucson, Arizona. My physical condition is fine,” he said, expressing his feelings preparing for the 2023 season.
Martin, a short outfielder with a height of 175 cm, achieved poor results with a batting average of .206 (39 hits in 189 at-bats), 6 homers, 19 RBIs, and an OPS of .588 in 85 games over three major league seasons (2019-2021). But he was different in the minor leagues. During his career 9 seasons (2013-2022), he recorded a batting average of .27 in 849 games (845 hits in 3131 bats), 113 homers, 477 RBIs, and an OPS of .809. Lee (470 at-bats, 134 hits), 32 home runs, 107 RBIs, and an OPS of .938 swung hard.
Martin, who hit more than 30 home runs despite his small physique, said, “I learned how to use my body well since 2019. From then on, he started making strong hits and he was able to take a swing that suited me perfectly. Thanks to him, he was able to hit a lot of home runs.”
Martin began his professional career with the Houston Rockets in the 8th round of the 2013 draft. Houston is running Jose Altuve, who won the 2017 American League MVP with outstanding results despite his height of 168 cm.
“After being drafted by Houston, I was able to learn to squeeze the strength of my body in my last year,” said Martin, who said, “I tried to make my own and it came naturally to me. Although he did not completely copy Altuve’s training method, he tried to create his own method while making references. Through slingshot training, I tried to draw out the maximum power by using the lower body and creating twists throughout the body.”
Martin, who received advice from various players before coming to Korea, said, “I talked to Andy Burns, who played for Lotte, Anthony Alford, who played for KT, and Mike Wright and Aaron Altair, who played for NC, and said that he would do well if he came to the KBO League. I heard the words,” he said about the players who gave him advice. 메이저사이트 He continued, “I heard about the culture of the country or the experience of Korean baseball that they had. First of all, he told me that Korean baseball is at a higher level than I thought. I think this is the most important piece of advice.”
Martin, who played in Texas in 2021, ate rice with Yang Hyeon-jong, who had advanced to the major leagues at the time. Martin said, “I talked a lot with Yang Hyeon-jong in the 2021 season. Even after signing a contract with NC, he talked about Yang Hyeon-jong and the KBO League. He told me not to hit a home run against him.” He laughed and told an anecdote with Yang Hyeon-jong.
NC, where leading hitters such as Na Seong-beom and Yang Eui-ji left the team for two consecutive years, desperately needs Martin’s performance for the other line to show their strength. Can Martin, who came to Korea in search of a new opportunity, overcome the handicap of being short and become a foreign hitter who leaves his name in NC history?