151 hits and failed to renew… Leaving Korea, ML again challenge, 2G consecutive hits-final triple
Outfielder Nick Martini (33), who played for the NC Dinos in the KBO League last year, had a two-game hitting streak with a winning run in a major league demonstration game.
Martini, who joined spring training as an invited player after signing a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, made the 9th final in an exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics in the 2023 major league held at Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin, Nevada, USA on the 5th (hereinafter Korean time). hit a triple. 먹튀검증
Martini, who played as a replacement for right fielder in the 6th inning, was out with a shortstop grounder in the 7th inning in the first at-bat. However, in the 9th inning, where the score was 9-9, with 2 out and 1 base, right-hander Garrett Acton hit a four-seam fastball on the 3rd pitch and exploded an RBI triple that fell to the right. It was the final blow that led to Cincinnati’s 10-9 come-from-behind victory.
Even before Oakland on the 2nd, which was his first appearance in the exhibition game, Martini succeeded in multiple on-base with 2 at-bats, 1 hit and 1 walk. Until this day, he had two hits in two consecutive games and marked a batting average of 50% with 2 hits in 4 at-bats in the teacher’s game.
Martini, who made his debut in Oakland in 2018, went through the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs, and until 2021, he recorded a batting average of 2.7 (76 hits in 282 at-bats), 2 home runs, 30 RBIs, and an OPS of .738 in 112 games in three major league seasons until 2021. He came over to the Korean stage last year without producing clear results.
As a member of the NC, he recorded an OPS of .826 with 16 homers, 85 RBIs and 12 stolen bases in 139 games with a batting average of 296 (151 hits in 510 bats). On August 7th, in the game against Sajik Lotte, he set a record for the fourth inside-park home run ever in the KBO league, and in the All-Star Game, he showed off a ceremony to drink a ‘martini’ while wearing a Superman cape and entering the plate.
He played a full season in good health and performed well as a mid- and long-distance hitter, but failed to renew his contract with NC. His slugging power and batting production expected from foreign hitters were a little disappointing. He is a corner outfielder, but due to the circumstances of the NC team, he often appears in an unfamiliar first base position and has as many as 12 defensive errors.
NC, which needed a foreign hitter in center field, gave up on renewing the contract, and Martini, who did not receive a recruitment offer from another team in the KBO League, returned to the United States. Attention is focusing on whether Martini, who has started a major league re-challenge with a minor contract with Cincinnati, will be able to continue his good momentum in the demonstration game.