It’s another one for Rhody baseball in the 2017 MLB Draft. Catcher Martin Figueroa has been selected by the Houston Astros in the 32nd round.
Another URI Ram is off the board. Rhode Island catcher Martin Figueroa was selected by the Houston Astros in the 32nd round (961st overall) this afternoon as part of the 2017 MLB Draft. Figueroa was the second URI player to be called today, joining Chris Hess (who was drafted by the Yankees in the 17th round). And now that the draft is over, we can now say that Hess and Figuroa were the only two Rhody players selected.
The switch-hitting Figureroa had a bit of a down year this season, batting just .248 with two homers and 19 RBI in 45 games. Contrast that with his performance last year (.327, eight HR, 43 RBI) and it’s not hard to spot his potential. For his career, the Martin hit .286 with 15 dingers, 109 RBI, and 24 stolen bases.
Here’s some of the Twitter reaction to the pick:
— Rhody Baseball (@RhodyBaseball) June 14, 2017
— martin taveras (@marty_figue) June 14, 2017
Unlike Chris Hess, Martin Figueroa doesn’t have a decision to make. The catcher / utility man just finished up his senior season, so he’ll undoubtedly ink with Houston sooner rather than later. Good luck to Martin as he starts the next chapter of his baseball career!