Few times in baseball does an athlete find himself turning the heads of college and professional scouts the way Brandon Martorano has done throughout his young career. Perhaps it is because many players try to model their game after a current star in today’s game, faltering in their own way of playing and consequentially disrupting the comfort zone of their abilities. It is crucial for an athlete to trust in and remember that their set of talents is what got them to the level they’re at. After all, an athlete that has trust issues with their own talents will not compete at the highest level for long, especially in the major leagues.
Baseball was instilled in Martorano at a very young age. An athlete since birth, Brandon is known to be extremely competitive whether it’s baseball or any other sport he competes in. As a lot of catchers do, Martorano finds it exhilarating to be commanding the game from behind the plate. Brandon was lucky enough to have his dad who is also his biggest supporter by his side for his young career.
“I have always played catcher for as long as I have played the game. The feeling of being involved in every pitch of every game has always brought a certain rush to baseball for me.” “Almost all of my memories from baseball come with my dad by my side, so having him as a great motivator and mentor to get better is something invaluable.”
A UNC commit, Martorano is an excellent catcher that has drawn comparisons to none other than perennial All-Star Buster Posey. As previously mentioned, not many amateur players can imitate the abilities of their professional icons. In this instance, Brandon has done just that. Posey is the player Brandon strives to be, and he’s done a bang up job of that so far.
“To be compared to an All-Star caliber player such as Mr. Posey is such an honor,” said the 17-year-old. “Ironically enough, Mr. Posey is the player I try to model my game after the most. His ability to be a great defensive catcher as well as a force in the middle of the lineup is something that I aspire to be at the next level.”
In his junior season at Christian Brothers Academy, Martorano posted fantastic numbers at the plate. In 104 at-bats he compiled .457/.513/.895 slash line with 32 RBI while going deep 11 times. Posey, who was also a pitcher in high school (he owned a 1.06 ERA with 108 strikeouts his senior year), and he also excelled at the plate. He hit .462 with 14 home runs and 40 RBI over 104 at-bats.
Posey, a catcher at Florida State University, was the fifth overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft. He debuted a little over a year later at 22 years old and the rest is history. One Rookie of the Year award, an MVP award, three All-Star games and three championship rings later, and Posey is the best catcher in Major League Baseball. Out of high school, Posey was drafted in the 50th round by the Angels but elected not to sign. For Posey, electing to play college ball helped kick-start what looks to be a Hall of Fame career.
There is no telling right now where Martorano will land in the draft, but just as his idol did, he too is electing to play college ball.
“As of right now I am honoring my commitment to Coach Fox and North Carolina. UNC is a great program with a great winning tradition and is a place that I feel very comfortable at,” said the New Jersey native. ” However, it has always been my dream to play in the major leagues, and if I am blessed to be given the opportunity to start my career out of high school, that is something my family and I are very open to considering. We’re still enjoying and learning the process at this time and all I can do is continue to work hard and perform well on the field in order to allow things to work themselves out.”
As we all know, few players have the opportunity to play collegiate level baseball, even fewer are drafted and even fewer make it to the majors. Buster Posey is going to be one of the greatest catchers to ever play the game, so a comparison to him should not be taken lightly. A lot of scouts think that Martorano is the real deal both behind the dish and when he steps up to it, but only time will tell.