June 7, 2013 at 5:44 PM
With their ninth-round pick, the Red Sox have selected right-hander Kyle Martin out of Texas A&M.
Martin, who was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 35th round in last year's draft and in the 39th round of the 2009 Rule 4 draft by the Washington Nationals, finished his senior year with a 4.91 ERA in 28 games (seven starts) while striking out 41 and walking 15 in 58 2/3 innings of work.
A 6-foot-7, 235 pound 22-year-old, Martin started throwing from an over-the-top delivery this season after throwing side arm since his sophomore year with the Aggies, according to Baseball America. The move was made in order to make the righty a power-armed weekend starter, as his fastball sat 85-88 when he was a sidearmer but now sits 88-94 with movement. He also throws a changeup and slider, per Baseball America.
Martin has filled considerably since his first day at Texas A&M. As a freshman, the Texas native weighed a skinny 185 pounds at 6-foot-6, according to Baseball America.
A Big-12 Honorable Mention in 2011, Martin lettered all four years at St. Michael's Catholic Academy for high school baseball coach, and former Red Sox reliever, Calvin Schiraldi. He also lettered three times in basketball. After baseball, he hopes to become an ESPN analyst, according to the Texas A&M site.
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Kevin Pereira is a Staff Writer for SoxProspects.com. Follow him on Twitter @kevinrpereira.