July 31, 2014
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Senior catcher Cole Martin (Bay City, Mich./John Glenn) of the University of Michigan baseball team has signed a contract to play professionally for the Washington Wild Things of the independent Frontier League. Martin reported to Washington, Pa., yesterday (July 30) and is on the roster for Thursday's home game against the Rockford Aviators.
Martin played in 196 games in his Michigan career, starting 158 contests behind the dish for the Maize and Blue. An All-Big Ten third team selection in 2013, Martin hit .256 this past season for U-M with five doubles, a home run and 15 runs batted in while upping his average to .338 in Big Ten contests. Martin threw out 33 runners trying to steal in the past two seasons and was on the Johnny Bench Award watch list midway through his senior season.
Martin is one of three Wolverines that dotted the 2014 roster that are playing professional baseball. Junior James Bourque (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) currently is playing for the Auburn Doubledays, the Short Season A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Junior Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) made his first appearance for the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Low A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, on Wednesday night.
Washington currently is tied for the lead in the east division of the Frontier League. Martin will join U-M alum Alan Oaks (2007-10) in the league. Oaks is a relief pitcher for the Normal Cornbelters.
Contact: Kent Reichert