Trey Martin is not a household name among prospecting circles – even Chicago Cubs prospecting circles – but he’s been on the periphery of the radar for a while. Signed slightly over slot back in the spend-heavy 2011 draft, Martin was always considered a very good defensive outfielder, though the bat has been slower to come along.
The glove, though. It’s legit. There was a time when it was compared favorably to that of Albert Almora, whose defensive prowess precedes him, and who played with Martin at times in the lower minors. And now that Martin, 22, has reached High-A, he’s getting even more plaudits for his glove.
Martin has been named the Rawlings Gold Glover – the single one – in center field for all of the minor leagues. You can read more about Martin and his award here, including the notation that he hasn’t made an error since June 2014.
With good speed and superior outfield defense, Martin could carve himself out a future in the big leagues if – and it’s an enormous if – the bat improves considerably. As it stands, he hasn’t posted a wRC+ above 84 since 2012 in short season Low-A ball.