Martin Medina is another one of those Goldpanners who is familiar with the friendly confines of Growden Park. A second-year Panner, Medina returned in 2010 a year older, a year wiser, and a year better with the stick, and has thus far put up a season worthy of first-team All-ABL honors.
Medina was firmly established as an every-day player in the Division I ranks a year ago as a freshman, when he started all 50 games for Cal State Bakersfield — making him the only player to do so. He followed up in the 2010 collegiate season with a .311 average and team-best 51 RBI. He’s also been utilized both ways, proving his versatility by putting up 11 decent innings pitched for the Roadrunners.
When I think of Martin Medina, I think of power. The guy’s got a stout upper body and a big, quick power cut. At 5’10″ and a lean 200lb, he’s got some muscle mass to spank the ball around a bit with. And the proof is in the pudding. Five homers in 34 games as a Goldpanner this year. Just to put things into something more digestible with those familiar with pro ball, that’s 24 blasts over a 162-game period. That’s not too shabby. With a .505 slugging percentage to go with it…yeah, he can knock the ball around a bit. The guy looks like he could put on a little more brawn, even, so I think he has a little more power potential corked away that might just now be blossoming.
As we finish up the 2010 season and head into the less-awesome 10 months of the year, stick with 49th State Hardball. There’s more Martin Medina stuff coming down the pipe, as well as all the info you can handle on the players and teams of the Alaska Baseball League. All winter long. Stay tuned!