Ritchie Martin is a professional baseball player from Michigan in the United States of America. He is a shortstop and he plays in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles. He attended the University of Florida and was drafted into the MLB in 2015 by the Oakland Athletics.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Martin was born on December 22, 1994, in Detroit Michigan. His full name is Richard Allen Martin. When his father retired, the family moved to Florida. He stands 183 cm and his last listed weight is 86 kilograms. He is a right-handed player and he plays shortstop, batting, and throwing with his right hand.

His maternal grandfather was Walter Lewis Thomas. Thomas played in the Negro League and was on the Kansas City Monarchs alongside Jackie Robison and Satchel Paige.

Team 163 baltimore orioles Baltimore Orioles
Position Shortstop
Height / weight 1.83 m / 86 kg
Born 22 Dec 1994
Nationality United States United States
Team History
163 baltimore orioles Baltimore Orioles 2021 - present
163 baltimore orioles Baltimore Orioles 2019

Career

Martin attended the Bloomingdale High School in Florida where he played college baseball. He was drafted into the MLB in 2012 by the Seattle Mariners but he opted to attend the University of Florida and play for the Florida Gators instead.

He majored in engineering and while in college, he also played in the Cape Cod League, playing for the Falmouth Commodores and the Bourne Braves.

In 2015, he was drafted into the MLB again by the Oakland Athletics. He later signed with them and he spent time playing in their associate minor league teams including the Vermont Lake Monsters. He also spent some of 2015 with the Midland RockHounds and the Stockton Ports.

In the 2018 Rule 5 Draft, Martin was selected by the Baltimore Orioles. He made his MLB debut on Opening Day in a game against the New York Yankees.

In 2020, he was on the injured list for more than two months as he recovered from wrist surgery. In January 2021, he broke his Hamate bone, requiring surgery. In May of the same year, he also fractured the radius bone on his left wrist. He was returned to the Orioles’ 40-man roster in August 2021.

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