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Brandon Willie Martin

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Shortstop Brandon Martin was a first-round pick in 2011 and played three years in the minors.

Martin hit .354 with 33 runs as a high school senior, and Baseball America rated him as the third-best defensive high school shortstop. He had a commitment to Cal State Fullerton, then switched to Oregon State University; the decision became moot when he signed after the draft. The Tampa Bay Rays took him 38th overall in the 2011 amateur draft; the choice was compensation for the loss of Rafael Soriano. He was the fourth of ten Tampa first-rounders, following Taylor Guerrieri, Mikie Mahtook and Jake Hager and preceding Tyler Goeddel, Jeff Ames, Blake Snell, Kes Carter, Grayson Garvin and James Harris. He was signed for a $860,000 bonus.

Martin made his pro debut for the GCL Rays on July 6, 2011, hitting leadoff against the GCL Red Sox and going 0-for-5 with a run scored. In 19 games that year, he hit .255 with a home run. After hitting .209 with 10 homers for the Princeton Rays in 2012, he ended his pro career with the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2013, posting a .206 average to go along with 7 home runs.

In September 2015, Martin was arrested and charged with the murder of his father and another man in his hometown of Corona, California.

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