MARTIR, KEVIN

Position: Catcher

DOB: December 26, 1989

Height: 6’3″ / Weight: 235

Bats: Left / Throws: Left

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (April 9, 2017)

Profile:  Originally drafted by the Houston Astros in the 18th round following his junior season at Maryland, Martir signed for a bonus reported by Baseball America to be worth $100,000 and was assigned to Greeneville in the Appalachian League to begin his pro career.  He moved up to short-season Tri-City in 2016 and went to spring training with the Astros minor leaguers in 2017 before being release in late March.  He hooked on with the Brewers and spent the 2017 season in Maryvale.  A solid defender with a quick release and better than average arm strength, Martir blocks balls well and shows a feel for the position.  At the plate he shows a good eye and the patience to take a walk.  He can occasionally muscle up and knock the ball out of the yard, but he is more of a line drive hitter.

2015:  After passing up his senior season at Maryland and signing with the Astros, Martir was sent to rookie league Greeneville to kick off his pro career.  He saw action in 37 games there and wound up hitting .218 with a pair of doubles and 16 runs batted in.

2016:  The Astros had Martir open up 2016 in extended spring training, then assigned him to Tri-City in the short-season New York-Penn League once they began play.  He appeared in 25 games there, starting 15 behind the plate, but hit just .165 with two doubles and one home run.

2017:  Released by the Astros near the end of spring training, the Brewers signed Martir to a free agent contract a few weeks later and assigned him to their complex in Maryvale.  Though he worked with the team in Arizona, Martir did not appear in a game for any of Milwaukee’s affiliates in 2017.