The International League announced today that Toledo left fielder/designated hitter J.D. Martinez has been named the League’s Batter of the Week for the period from April 14 -20. Martinez is the first to win an IL weekly award in 2014.
Lehigh Valley pitcher Greg Smith is the IL Pitcher of the Week. Smith is now a two-time winner, having earned Lehigh Valley's most recent Player of the Week award July 15-21, 2013.
Toledo slugger J.D. Martinez displayed an impressive amount of power this week as he pushed his Minor League-leading home run total to 10. Four of his long balls came Saturday at Columbus in a span of five at-bats during a doubleheader sweep of the Clippers.
In Game 1 he became the first Mud Hens player in nearly two years to homer three times in a game, last accomplished in the same ballpark by Brad Eldred on April 24, 2012. He then clubbed a two-run shot in his first at-bat of the second game, his fourth of the night and sixth of the week. In addition to home runs, Martinez is the League-leader in RBI (22), extra-base hits (14), total bases (55), and slugging percentage (.846).
26-year-old J.D. Martinez is in his sixth season as a professional player. After spending his entire career in the Houston organization, he was released in March and signed as a free agent by the Tigers. Martinez played in 252 games with the Astros between 2011 and 2013, hitting for a .251 average with 24 home runs. Martinez is a native of Miami, Florida.