Legends' Martinez named to Topps All-Star team

Lexington Legends outfielder J.D. Martinez was among 10 players named to the Topps Class A All-Star team. Topps, in conjunction with Minor League Baseball, honors the top performances in all minor league classifications. Class A baseball includes the South Atlantic League, the Midwest League, the California League and the Florida State League, a total of 52 teams. Martinez earlier was named Topps’ South Atlantic League Player of the Year. He was the only South Atlantic League player named to the Class A All-Star team.

Martinez, 23, led all of Class A with an OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) of 1.030. He led the SAL in batting with an average of .362, and also topped the league in slugging percentage at .598 and on-base percentage at .433. At the time of his promotion to double-A Corpus Christi July 15, he also was leading the league in hits, doubles, extra-base hits, runs scored and total bases. Martinez hit 15 home runs and drove in 64 runs in 88 games with Lexington.

“It’s almost hard to keep track of the honors J.D. has won this year,” said Legends General Manager Andy Shea. “They just keep coming. All are well-deserved. He had a great year on the field and was a real leader for the Legends in every way.”

Martinez was named SAL Most Valuable Player and Minor League Player of the Year in the Houston Astros' organization.

The complete list of Topps’ Class A All-Stars:

Position Player Club(s)/League(s) MLB Affiliate AVG-HR-RBI
First Base Paul Goldschmidt Visalia/CAL Arizona .314-35-108
Second Base Kyle Seager High Desert/CAL Seattle .345-14-74
Third Base Stephen Parker Stockton/CAL Oakland .296-21-98
Shortstop Grant Green Stockton/CAL Oakland .318-20-87
Outfield Johermyn Chavez High Desert/CAL Seattle .315-32-96
Outfield J.D. Martinez Lexington/SAL Houston .362-15-64
Outfield Mike Trout Cedar Rapids/MWL Los Angeles-AL .341-10-58
Rancho Cucamonga/CAL
Catcher Jason Hagerty Fort Wayne/MWL San Diego .302-14-74
Des. Hitter Rich Poythress High Desert/CAL Seattle .315-31-130
Pitcher Matthew Moore Charlotte/FSL Tampa Bay 6-11-3.36

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