Legends' Martinez named SAL Player of Year

J.D. Martinez has earned yet another honor for his spectacular 2010 season with the Lexington Legends.

Martinez, an outfielder, won a George M. Trautman Award as South Atlantic League Player of the Year. The Trautman awards are presented by the Topps Company in conjunction with Minor League Baseball.

Martinez hit 15 home runs and drove in 64 runs in 88 games for Lexington before being promoted to double-A Corpus Christi July 15. In addition to posting the South Atlantic League’s top batting average with a .362 mark, Martinez led the SAL in on-base percentage at .433 and slugging percentage at .598. At the time of his promotion, he was also leading the league in hits, doubles, extra-base hits, runs scored and total bases.

“This is another well-deserved honor for J.D.,” said Legends General Manager Andy Shea. “He had a great year for the Legends, and provided a lot of excitement for our fans in 2010.”

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

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